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Horse Creek Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Drift Creek Wilderness

Horse Creek Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seal Rock, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,486 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Private property

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Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property.

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Reviews (40)
Photos (22)
Recordings (19)
Completed (106)
Kelly L
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Hiking

I don't know how true the private property designation is - this trail is listed under the usda as a public hiking and backpacking trail. But, I did have a sketchy interaction with some creepy guys in a van on the way up before I turned off for Elk Horn Road. This is a rural area with private properties around, so single lady hikers such as myself, be aware and maybe bring a buddy! The North Horse Creek Trail is gradual for the first half and descends into more steep switchbacks as you get closer to the creek. Second half is more overgrown than I would have liked - I had to duck and shield my face from ferns and thorny berry bushes to get through some areas. The creek itself is a beautiful place to hang out. Water is very clear - you can see the crawdads crawling around on the bottom. Will have to come back and camp next time!

Caleb W.
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The directions took us through private property. One lane gravel road. alls well and good. Suddenly I have a big *** truck in my rearview. we got trailed by this dude for a good while. until I had the chance to pull over. he rolls down his window, and starts yelling about how this was private property. So naturally I turned around and went back.

Malachi Wilson
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Hiking

The directions took us through private property. Owners angry. Didn’t even get to the hike.

Randy Storms
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Hiking

I loved this hike, even though the climb out was pretty brutal for me. A couple notes: The trailhead is not where All Trails nav places it - instead, continue to the end of the road, there is a a parking area and the start of the trail is marked by spray painted rocks. Also, our group was carrying four GPS units, afterward our track logs agreed that the RT distance was around 9.3 miles, rather than the 6.9 listed on All Trails. As others have noted, access to the water from the main campsite is sub-optimal. Instead, take the overgrown trail left (east?) from the main campsite for a short distance, there is a second campsite and a much better place to enjoy the creek. The area itself is beautiful, and the creek was teeming with crawdads and small fish, which provided amusement for the kids and dog.

marco W
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Awesome hike though gorgeous old growth forest. It was a little confusing once reaching the bottom. There is a large clearing with a several campsites but lacking easy access to the water. The trail degrades significantly after this but keep going until you reach the 2nd campsite for the best views and access to the water.

Ryley J.
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Hiking

Not much recent traffic on the trail, and it was quiet and cool. Overall the trail is in good shape. Like everyone else says, the hike in is an easy stroll downhill to a nice camp site overlooking the river. The hike back out is a good workout.

Christine Heath
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Hiking

Hiked this trail Labor Day weekend and there was not a lot of traffic on it at all. The foliage was grown up in several places that you could barely see the trail. It’s a a nice workout hiking back up and out.

Carey Z.
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Trail is overgrown at the beginning. Bring long pants or a machete. Other than that nice hike.

Jeff Givens
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Backpacking

Great trail and nice campsite approximately 0.25 mile up river from trail ending. The climb out is killer. 1200 feet in 2 miles. Good hike to get ready for the season.

Tim Tty
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Hiking

Oregons oldest old growth, you will see things here that you haven't before unless you have been to a temperate rain forest.

RF Boots
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Hiking

Trail signage is minimal, and is currently a spray-painted message on a rock. The stroll through the woods is definitely a nice one, with old growth and new growth combined and lots of foliage. The trail bed is covered in moss in some places. The descent to the creek is moderate, definitely spent some time in the front of the boots. Upon reaching the creek, it was mid-afternoon, I had a bite to eat and took some photos. Saw 2-3 crawfish hanging out in the creek. A beautiful spot if someone wanted to spend a night or two. The hike back up was strenuous, as expected, with the majority of your elevation gained in about 1.5 miles. Lightly trafficked is an understatement as I never saw or heard another person during my whole trip. Overall, a nice trail but I probably wouldn't do it again unless the goal was backcountry camping.

Tara Sieminski
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Hiking

Great trail! Only saw 2 other hikers, nice creek at the bottom for my dog to play in. Steep coming back out but well worth it

Hope Fiser
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Hiking

This was a wonderful hike! You'll have to take a somewhat secluded, beat up road to get to the trailhead. Heading down the mountain consisted of beautiful, fairytale like scenery with old trees, wildlife, mushrooms, and clovers everywhere! At the bottom, you will reach a creek full of snails and crawdads. We had a lot of fun hanging out down there for a few hours. Bit of a steep hike back up, but worth every step!

Renee Lovejoy
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Hiking

Definitely "lightly trafficked". When I got there, there was a man leaving. Then I had the trail to myself until I was on my way back out some people were hiking in. The forest views were lovely with lots of huge trees. The path is clear. Do not forget to bring bug repellent. Lots of flying bugs and a ton of spider webs in the trail. When you get to the creek there does not appear to be a good access point. My pup and I slid down a hill with loose dirt but the "bank" was no bigger than 2 ft in width. My dog enjoyed playing in the water and definitely needed to cool off. Also this is not a trail to take horses on.

Ashley Ferguson
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Hiking

Neat river at end w mini lobsters and salamanders

Dan Algeo
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Hiking

nice trail, very easy to follow. did it in the rain, will go back on a clear day

Aaron Montoya
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Hiking

Path is wonderful. No issues. Can see that a big tree had just been recently cleared. Thank you whoever you are for doing that. The way back up was pretty tough for a new hiker. But we made it back up in an hours time. The trillium were in full bloom. Very nice hike. Next time may hike in to camp for the weekend.

Georgia Brown
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Hiking

I've only been down the trail 2 miles, however the trees and forest are beautiful. At two miles in there is a huge fallen tree. Be careful of that. I look forward to going further another time.

Christian Belcastro
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Best part of our trip

Steven White
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Hiking

I did the piece between Seperation Lake Trail and Horse Lake as part of a larger loop. It's a mostly forested trail with a variety of interesting flowers. There are some views, but only on the piece near horse lake. Nice trail.

Bob Southwick
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Hiking

We just did this hike for the second time. Except for a few extraordinary giant firs there is not too much in the way of views until you get to the creek. The creek is a great spot to hang out and poke around for crawfish. There are several really nice campsites along the creek side. Perfect places for pitching your tent and people have placed log seating around some big rock fire pits. Though I don't think these pits would qualify as sanctioned fire pits during fire closures. We saw a couple family groups with kids abotu 10ish hiking back up with backpacks so kids can do this too. It is a pretty stiff climb back up out though.

Gary Chapman
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Hiking

Harris Ranch Trail is a nice hike in, a steep hike out, but this is the feature of all three Drift Creek Trails. There are generally nice camping areas creekside at the end of this trail. I first hiked by the site way back in the 1950s when the Harris Ranch house was still nice and upright on the south bank. The trail can be a bit muddy during wet weather. Some folks hike in and fish for sea-run cutthroat trout and chinook salmon. It's a long hike out with a couple of chinook salmon. Both bicycles and stock are prohibited in the Drift Creek Wilderness Area (NO HORSES).

Heath McConnell
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes! We used to hike with packgoats here at Drift Creek Wilderness back when it was just the end of an old logging road. The trail runs the length of a ridge down to the valley floor. The hike was always overgrown with salmon berries that we're up to 10' high in places. Very neat! Once you get to the bottom, there is a trail that crosses the river and heads up the other side of the valley. There are no waterfalls, like the one in the picture, but thousands of crawfish and cutthroat trout. If you bushwhacked around the area, you would find old model "T" type cars out on old overgrown log roadbeds.

Randy Vos
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Hiking

The hike is nice and quiet. Not much use. Great little creek at the end. But from the parking lot this is a 8.8 mile round tripper per map my hike. Also it starts at about 2000' and goes to about 500' at the creek. Really enjoyed the peacefulness. Trail was a little overgrown in spots but that was part of the charm.

Daniel Wollin
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Hiking

The photo is not correct, that is from Drift Creek Falls, near lincoln City. Drift creek wilderness is in Waldport and there is no large waterfall.

Karla Clem
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Josh Smith
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Joe Arnsdorf
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Timothy Cheek
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Dale Werkema
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