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Horse Ridge

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The entrance to Horse Ridge.- Horse Ridge
  • The parking area at the Horse Ridge.- Horse Ridge
  • Horse Ridge Hills.- Horse Ridge
  • Trailhead picnic area.- Horse Ridge
  • The trail is well signed.- Horse Ridge
  • The first technical section on the uphill climb.- Horse Ridge
  • A dry, high desert ride.- Horse Ridge
  • A view to the Badlands from the Horse Ridge Trail system.- Horse Ridge
  • Four way intersection within the middle of the Horse Ridge Trail system.- Horse Ridge
  • A dry valley near end of the loop.- Horse Ridge
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Pros: 
Low crowds. Rolling hills of juniper and sagebrush. Fast downhill sections. Great views of the Badlands and Three Sisters.
Cons: 
Exposed trail. Sandy and loose terrain in the summer. Sections parallel the highway. Lack of visual diversity.
Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
BLUE
Trailhead Elev.: 
3,650 ft (1,113 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,050 ft (320 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed?: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Light rain starting in the evening.
63°F
38°

Fri

Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy until evening.
44°F
33°

Sat

Windy and overcast throughout the day.
55°F
34°

Sun

Windy until afternoon and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
56°F
46°

Mon

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
66°F
43°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
70°F
40°

Wed

Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
69°F
39°
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Horse Ridge is a network of mountain biking trails that offers great high desert riding through rolling hills of juniper and sagebrush. The ride delivers steady climbs, good technical rocky sections, and some fast and continuous downhill. Great views of the Badlands Wilderness and the Three Sisters can be seen throughout your ride. Keep in mind that Horse Ridge is a good off-season destination; soil conditions can get a bit loose and sandy during the summer, which affects traction. Additionally, it is best to avoid windy or excessively hot days as the terrain is fairly exposed and not densely forested.   

One loop option can be found by entering through the cattle gate and following the trail marked with a directional arrow on the left. From here you will parallel the road up through the hills, skipping the first turn off you see on your right (this will be your return route). After climbing further you will pass a rocky technical section, then take a right deeper into the hills until you reach a four-way intersection with a rock pile and a cow bone. From this intersection take a right and enjoy the descent back down to the trailhead. It is advisable to either bring a map or plan your route from the map provided at the trailhead before you begin.    

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