Horsepasture Mountain

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 Road 2638 (before the community of McKenzie Bridge). Continue for 9 miles and turn right onto Road 356. Follow this gravel road for 5 miles and turn right onto Road 1993. After about 8 miles, you will see a hiker symbol and small pulloff parking area on the left.

NOTE: the old route straight up Road 1993 has fallen apart and is unlikely to be fixed.

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