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Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area

Sweet Home, Oregon

based on 2 reviews



3.74 miles

Elevation Gain

951 ft

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Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area in Sweet Home, Oregon, offers a unique hiking trail that spans approximately 3.74 miles. The trail is moderately difficult, with an elevation gain of 951 feet, making it suitable for intermediate hikers. The trail begins in a dense forest of Douglas fir and Western Hemlock, gradually transitioning into a meadow with a variety of wildflowers. The trail's main attraction is the Horse Rock, a large basalt outcrop that provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The rock is a result of ancient volcanic activity and is a significant geological feature of the area. From the top, hikers can see the Cascade Range, the Coast Range, and the Willamette Valley. The trail also passes by a small, seasonal pond, home to a variety of amphibians. Hikers are advised to wear sturdy shoes due to the rocky terrain and to carry water as there are no facilities on the trail. The area is open year-round, but the best time to visit is in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
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Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area Reviews

Especially beautiful in the spring with the flowers blooming

Great trail with a killer view. If you have a smaller car and go in the winter be prepared with chains or to park before the snow level gets too deep. The trailhead begins at a chain linked fence and has a steady incline through out the hike. There are some fallen branches along the trail, but it’s nothing you can’t walk over. All in all it’s a beautiful space year round. Be safe and have fun!

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