Browder Ridge Trail to Heart Lake is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Sweet Home: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for 34 miles to Forest Road 15 (Deer Creek.) ravel 2.5 miles and turn left on spur road 080 and follow for 0.5 miles to the trailhead. For the eastern approach, follow the directions for Gate Creek Trail.
This is my favorite hike. Period. Steep sections, wildflowers, 360° views of the Cascades. Love it.
Hiked it in fall so it wasn't too overgrown. Good views of the 3 sisters and Mt. Washington. Connects to Heart lake trail and Gate Creek Trail. If you like this trail I would recommend Gate Creek as well.
This trail is so overgrown. I will definitely wear long pants next time. The scenery was beautiful however.
SO overgrown but totally beautiful. I would definitely recommend wearing long pants as you will be battling plants almost the entire way. Perhaps not the best option for children due to the insane size and height of the ferns you will be walking through. I did not see a single person the whole day which was totally lovely.
Although the trail description for this page says 7.2 miles, don't be fooled, I tracked it with my GPS and it's more around 8.4miles. This hike is definitely worth the uphill climb for the views you're rewarded with. Pack plenty of food and water (in fact bring extra). Also, be aware of black bears in the area.
I love this hike. It is mostly uphill, but when you get to the top you can see mountains in every direction. It is like sitting on top of the world. It is a good idea to hike with other people on this trail. Mountain lions and bears live up there and you see the scat on the trail or some tree where the bears were looking for bugs to eat.I have hiked it twice, once with another hiker and then as a group of 5 hikers. Bring water, some food, and make sure you hike all the way to the top of Browder Ridge...it's a stoney climb at the end. OMG - on a clear day you will see mountain ranges on both sides. It's so worth it! Not that many people hike this trail. Unlike Iron Mountain which is near this hike...enjoy it! Iron Mountain is nice too, but I think Browder Ridge is just a little nicer, especially at the top of the ridge.