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Cast Creek Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Cast Creek Trailhead (Jerry Adams)


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Driving Directions

To get to the Cast Creek Lake Trailhead, go to the community of Zigzag on U.S. 26 18 miles east of Sandy and 10 miles west of Government Camp. Go north on the Lolo Pass Road (Forest Service Road 18) for 4 miles (two lanes paved). Turn right on Rd 1825 labeled "campgrounds trailheads" (two lanes paved). After 0.6 miles, stay right on the bridge going over the Sandy River. There is a gate here that is closed in the winter when there's snow, maybe a few months starting in December. The bridge over the Sandy was washed out November 2006 but has since been replaced. Go past McNeil Campground at mile 0.8. At 1 mile from the Lolo Pass, take a right on the road to Riley Horse Camp, go into the camp, and go to the (east) end of the campground.

If you're doing the Cast Creek Hike, alternately continue on the gravel road just past the campground to a wide place to park. Then continue walking on this road about 1/4 mile until you hit the Cast Creek Trail. This might be less secure since there aren't campground people watching your car.

If you're doing the Horseshoe Ridge Hike, alternately you could park at a wide place just before the bridge before Riley Horse Camp. You used to be able to drive 2 miles up the gravel road, but it has been reclaimed in the summer of 2012 and is now impassable, even to foot traffic.

The campground has nice outhouses and trash collection during the summer. There are no facilities at the alternate trailheads.

Fees and Regulations

  • Northwest Forest Pass required

Other information

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