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Horshoe Trail - No. 774

Contact Info
Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049

Phone:
503-622-3191
Basics
Length:
4.9 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2000 feet
Elevation Range:
2000 feet to 4600 feet
Elevation Change:
2600 feet
Season:
Late May to Late October

Description

This trail enters the 47,160-acre Mt Hood Wilderness Area that is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The highest segment of the trail breaks out of the trees on Zigzag Mountain’s ridgeline. A long loop can be done by starting out at Riley Horse Camp combining Horseshoe Ridge Trail with a segment of Zigzag Mt Trail and Cast Creek Trail. The trail begins at Riley Horse Camp in what is known as the "Old Maid Flat” area. This first section of the trail is fairly level. After crossing Lost Creek which is bridged for hikers and is a ford for stock, the trail begins its steady climb along Horseshoe Ridge. It ends as the trail breaks out of treeline on Zigzag Mountain.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information: ?? Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station on the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12. Stock are counted in the group size. For example, 3 people each riding their own horse plus a spare horse in the group for packing would make a group of 7. ?? Unproccessed livestock feed is prohibited, preventing non-native plant spread. Leave No Trace Principles ?? Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Other Visitors ?? Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave What You Find ?? Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts ?? Respect Wildlife Noxious weeds have taken a small hold in the Mt Hood Wilderness. To prevent from bringing non-native plants into the forest, clean your animal, trailer, truck and gear before leaving home. A few days before your trip, change your stock over to processed feed and only allow it to graze in weed free pasture.

Details

Length:
4.9 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2000
Elevation Range:
2000 feet to 4600
Elevation Change:
2600
Season:
Late May to Late October

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Follow U.S. Highway 26, 13 miles east of Sandy to the community of Zigzag, turn north onto Lolo Pass Road (Road 18), following it for four miles. Turn east on Road 1825. Continue .6 mile, bear right, cross a bridge and continue .4 mile. Turn right on Road 1825-382 and follow it .1 mile turning right into Riley Horse Camp. Continue through the campground to the staging area and the trailhead.


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