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* Seasons: spring, summer, fall
* Seasons: July - November
* Family Friendly: Yes
* Family Friendly: Yes
* Backpackable: Yes
* Backpackable: Yes

Revision as of 01:47, 24 May 2010

Mount Hood, and Zigzag Mountain, from the viewpoint just north of the Zigzag-Horseshoe Ridge Trail Junction. You can also just barely see East Zigzag Mountain poking above the ridge, to the right of Mount Hood. (Jerry Adams)
Viewpoint just north of the Zigzag-Horseshoe Ridge Trail Junction. From the Zigzag Mountain Trail, you have to take a short side trail to get to the high point and best view. (Jerry Adams)


Hike Description

The Horseshoe Ridge Hike starts at the trailhead just before the bridge over Lost Creek just before Riley Horse Camp. There is a sign indicating the trail. A good place to start is the Cast Creek Trailhead (2050').

The trail follows Lost Creek, very level, for about 1/2 mile. Then the trail crosses Lost Creek and goes steeply uphill.

At mile 2.4 (2840') the trail crosses the road that continued past Riley Horse Camp. This is an alternate trailhead. At mile 2.8 (3150') is another alternate on the continuation of the same road. The road is single lane gravel, probably doable by a standard passenger car. There are several wide places on the road to park.

The trail then follows Horseshoe Ridge through forest until it reaches the end of this hike at Zigzag Ridge and the Zigzag Mountain Trail (#775). There are great views from here. A peak/viewpoint is especially nice, about 0.2 mile to the left (north, up) on the Zigzag Mountain Trail. When you're done soaking in the views, go back the way you came.

For a longer loop, go left on the Zigzag Mountain Trail and go 2.0 miles to the junction with the Cast Creek Trail (#773) and follow it back to the trailhead. Read the Cast Creek Hike description to familiarize yourself with the trail.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass required

Trip Reports

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Title - 1st Edition, by Author

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