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Horsepasture Mountain Trail

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Parking area and trailhead for Horsepasture Mountain Trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Information sign at the Horsepasture Mountain Trailhead. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Fender's blue butterflies. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Horsepasture Mountain Trailhead.- Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Sign for Horsepasture Mountain Trail at the junction with Olallie Trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Wildflower along Horsepasture Mountain Trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Red columbine along the Horsepasture Mountain Trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Horsepasture Mountain Trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Wildflowers and butterflies are common in late June and early July along the trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Horsepasture Mountain Trail. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax).- Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Views of the Cascade Mountains come into view near the summit. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Wildflowers cover the landscape near the summit. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Three Sisters in the distance. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • View from the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • USGS marker at the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • View from the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • Remains from the old lookout tower at the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • View from the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • View from the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
  • View from the summit of Horsepasture Mountain. - Horsepasture Mountain Trail
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Pros: 
Wildflowers. Panoramic views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
5,660.00 ft (1,725.17 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall, Spring
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
2.80 mi (4.51 km)
Total elevation gain: 
890.00 ft (271.27 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,770.00 ft (1,453.90 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Horsepasture Mountain Trail is a short, challenging hike with amazing views! Located near the small town of McKenzie Bridge, the trailhead is accessible late spring through fall, and not too heavily used.

The hike starts out with a gradual grade and almost immediately intersects with the Olallie Trail. Take the far left to continue up the trail through the shady forest. It steepens as it opens up into meadows and is almost completely exposed at the summit. During late June and early July this is a wonderful area to view wildflowers like columbine, Indian paintbrush, and bear grass. Butterflies flutter about and bees buzz from bloom to bloom. On a clear day the impressive Three Sisters are in full view, along with Mount Bachelor, the Willamette Valley, and sometimes even Mount Hood and Diamond Peak.

Forest rangers used to let their horses graze in the peak’s meadows, hence the mountain’s name. There are a few remains from an old fire lookout at the summit. Look closely and you’ll also find the USGS survey marker near there.

There is a small area for parking near the trailhead. The trail is also open to mountain bikers, but with other more popular trails in the area, mountain bike use isn't frequent.

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