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[[Image:Horseshoeview.JPG|thumb|400px|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)'']]
* Start point: [[Cast Creek Trailhead]]
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[[Image:Horseshoeview2.JPG|thumb|250px|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)'']]
* End point: [[Horseshoe Ridge Zigzag Junction]]
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{{Start point|Cast Creek Trailhead}}
* Other featured landmarks:
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* End point: [[Zigzag Mountain-Horseshoe Ridge Trail Junction]]
* Distance: 10 miles round trip  
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* Trail Log: [[Horseshoe Ridge Hike/Log | Trail Log]]
* Elevation gain: 2600'
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* Hike Type: Out and Back
* Difficulty: Difficult
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{{Distance|10.8 miles}} round trip  
* Seasons: spring, summer, fall
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{{Elevation gain|2700 feet}}
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{{Difficulty|Moderate}}
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* Seasons: July - November
 
* Family Friendly: Yes
 
* Family Friendly: Yes
 
* Backpackable: Yes
 
* Backpackable: Yes
* Crowded: Busy during summer and weekends, especially the first part to Burnt Lake
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* Crowded: Less busy during summer and weekends than other Zigzag trails
  
 
== Hike Description ==
 
== Hike Description ==
The Horseshoe Ridge Hike goes from the [[Cast Creek Trailhead]] (2050') at the end of Riley Horse Camp up a forested ridge to the Zigzag ridge where there are great views.  You can save 2 miles and 750' of elevation gain by driving up a 2 mile gravel road to an upper trailhead.  You can do an 11 mile loop by going up the Horseshoe Ridge Trail and back down the Cast Creek Trail.
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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. Another place to start is the [[Cast Creek Trailhead]] (2050').
 
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Start at the Cast Creek Trailhead.  Walk back through Riley Horse Camp the way you drove in, back over the bridge (over Lost Creek).  The Horsheshoe Ridge Trail starts near the bridge going Southwest. There is a sign indicating the trail.
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The trail follows Lost Creek, very level, for about 1/2 mile.  Then the trail crosses Lost Creek and goes steeply uphill.
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At mile 2 (2800') the trail crosses the road that continued past Riley Horse Camp.  This is an alternate trailhead if you wish to save this 750' and 2 miles.
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The trail then follows Horseshoe Ridge through forest until it reaches the Zigzag ridge and the junction with the Zigzag Mountain Trail (#775).  There are great views from here.  When you're done soaking in the views, go back the way you came.
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The trail follows Lost Creek, very level, for about 1/2 mile. Then the trail crosses Lost Creek and goes steeply uphill.
  
If you're up for hiking around a bit more, go left (East) on the Zigzag Mountain Trail and/or go off trail to any of several nearby peaks for better views.
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At mile 2.4 (2840') the trail crosses the road that used to go past Riley Horse Camp. This road used to be an alternate route to here, but it was re-claimed in the summer of 2012 and is now impassable.
  
For a longer loop, go left on the Zigzag Mountain Trail and go 2.2 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, but the trails are well marked so finding the trail should be easy.
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At mile 2.8 (3150') is another continuation of the same road.  
  
== Maps ==
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The trail then follows Horseshoe Ridge through forest until it reaches the end of this hike at Zigzag Ridge and the [[Zigzag Mountain-Horseshoe Ridge Trail Junction|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.
[[Image:Map.jpg|thumb|Map, GPS track in jpeg format]]
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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. ==
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=== Maps ===
Northwest Forest Pass required
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== Trip Reports ==
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=== Fees, Regulations, etc. ===
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* Northwest Forest Pass (or America the Beautiful Pass) required
  
== Related Discussions / Q&A ==
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== Guidebooks that cover this hike ==
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=== Guidebooks that cover this hike ===
 
* ''Title'' - 1st Edition, by Author
 
* ''Title'' - 1st Edition, by Author
  
== More Links ==
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=== More Links ===
 
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== Contributors ==
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=== Contributors ===
 
* [[User:retiredjerry]] (creator)
 
* [[User:retiredjerry]] (creator)

Latest revision as of 00:28, 10 September 2019

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)

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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. Another 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 used to go past Riley Horse Camp. This road used to be an alternate route to here, but it was re-claimed in the summer of 2012 and is now impassable.

At mile 2.8 (3150') is another continuation of the same road.

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.

Maps

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass (or America the Beautiful Pass) required

Trip Reports

Related Discussions / Q&A

Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Title - 1st Edition, by Author

More Links

Contributors

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