The view of the Three Sisters from the summit of Horsepasture is outstanding. The colorful flowers in July are as well. Hummingbirds fight over masses of skyrocket, and butterflies enjoy the many buckwheats. This short trail is one of the more popular ones in the area.
Trail: 2.6 miles round trip (4750–5660′)
Location: northeastern Lane County; Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River Ranger District
USGS Map: French Mountain; T17S.R6E.S4,8,9
Habitats: meadow, forest, rock
Bloom: June to August
Take Hwy 126, The McKenzie Highway, east to the town of McKenzie Bridge. Turn right on Horse Creek Rd. After 9 miles turn right onto Road 356. Continue for about 5 miles until it tees into Road 1993. Turn right and continue for about 8 miles (mostly paved) until you see a hiker symbol on the left. There is a small pulloff parking area. If this is full, you can park a little farther back up the road at a gated spur road on the left. NOTE: the old route straight up Road 1993 has fallen apart and is unlikely to be fixed.
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