Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area

MODERATE 91 reviews

Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sweet Home, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1079 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

muddy

9 days ago

Nice easy trail but with some hills. We encountered a little snow and some mud but the views are very nice.

hiking
10 days ago

This hike was absolutely amazing. Views were breathtaking. Hike was definitely moderate, pretty steep at times. Lots of cliffs. Even a small cave. Bit of snow on the ground still. Definitely wear hiking boots, very muddy. Couldn’t ask for a better hike so close to town, felt like I was in a different world.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views. Trailhead was a bit hard to find, but maps led me to it (there just wasn’t any indication for a trail). End of the trail is on a dirt road which I wasn’t expecting so I kept going past the “ending” only to find out I had finished it a while ago. Not much parking, which was fine because there was only me. Pretty muddy as well

24 days ago

Great trail, easy to find. Still a little slick in a couple of spots, and the snow is pretty much gone. I went beyond the trail to the road and hiked the toad for a bit just to make the hike a little longer. But really awesome views

25 days ago

Great trail for all ages. A bit muddy this time of year. If anyone finds a pair of boots up there, my daughter left them along the outside of the van and I took off not knowing, shoot me a message. marchavarin@hotmail.com

hiking
26 days ago

It didn’t take long to find a view on this trail. After parking along the road, it only took about 10 minutes to hike through a wooded path. The trail opened up into rocky, rolling hills with a couple great photo opportunities. The trailhead is a bit difficult to find, but it’s worth it.

27 days ago

Was a little bit of a tough find off the road, but once you get to it it’s not too bad to stay on track. The snow up there makes it a bit slippery in spots, but if you come prepared, the views are absolutely spectacular! My pup & I will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is not easy for sure, there were parts that were very muddy and nearly washed out. Careful where you step else you could slide down the mountain. Totally worth the risk however, the further you go the better the views. Still snow on the ground in March, one of the most beautiful hikes I've encountered yet. Another downfall would be the sound of gun fire from below, but if you can block out the noise this can be a relatively peaceful hike.

1 month ago

Awesome views!
For being so far west, the large meadow system atop horse rock ridge offers stunning views of high cascade peaks that will surprise most visitors.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was AMAZING! Honestly, one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever been on. You start in wooded beauty then break out into a mountainside meadow. The views were breathtaking. The low traffic made for a perfect, relaxing Saturday afternoon with the pups. Easy trail for dogs. My pups enjoyed the freedom of low traffic and being able to explore off leash. Through the duration of the hike, I only saw one other couple on the trail. It was perfect serenity.

2 months ago

AMAZING views!! We did this hike 2/15/18 and There was snow! It was slippery at parts, and steep but well worth it. Once you get to the research building go down the road to see another amazing view. That’s was as far as we went but I’m sure you could follow that road for more adventures.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike, AMAZING views!! not too difficult, just a few steep areas. highly recommended!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has such amazing views of the Valley! Tricky to find- but once you do find it- you will be so glad you did.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Views are fantastic... the only negative was all the shooting that could be heard in the valley below.

2 months ago

Amazing views of the cascades and the valley. Felt at one with the universe out here.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with amazing views. While it does get steep in a few areas it's a pretty easy hike.

3 months ago

Great hike with great views.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is pretty cool. A nice hike through the woods and then opens up. The trail was a little tricky to find, but nice because not many people seem to use it. Very pretty!

5 months ago

Beautiful trail through the woods then opens up into the ridge area. Stunning views of the forests around. Was a little bit muddy and slippery in November and the ridge portion I would say is moderate to difficult at times

hiking
5 months ago

Very steep in places, but a fabulous walk that has a little of everything. Starts out as a walk through the forest, then opens up across some rocky grassy plains. Up near the satellite tower and antenna, the trail is a gravel road. Great views to the west overlooking the valley, and to the east, you can see Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson.

hiking
6 months ago

Really great but short hike. Tough to find but once you get to the clearing that says no shooting you’ve reached the trailhead. There isn’t a sign or actual parking area it starts in the woods just look for the little cleaning and go past the fence! Beautiful views!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Pretty blustery- wind and rain, but still beautiful!

7 months ago

One of the best in linn county

hiking
8 months ago

Fun hike. great diversity. Starts in the woods, near a quarry to shoot at. but goes thru woods, over logs, then out into an exposed area. Perfect for viewing..then you hike up wards on this giant back of the mountain towards a cell tower. from there you can explore around and see all over covallis and the coastal range off in the distance. A worthy adversary to check off your list.

hiking
8 months ago

Great little hike through a dense forest that leads to an open mountainous summit. When you see the chain link fence, that's the trail head. Go through it to begin the hike. It's probably best to go right after winter, like Feb-March when the wildflowers are most lush.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous view, only saw a few people.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous hike with great vistas!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice three generation hike. Grand babies in backpacks on children's shoulders, dogs romping along, and the grand-folks bringing up the rear. Wonderful views of the Cascades and Coast Range. Good overlooks of several stages of sustained forestry practices.

10 months ago

Since so many people remarked about the down trees on the path, I thought I should share; I happen to know that they are placed there intentionally (through several hours of laborious work by BLM employees) to prevent off road vehicles which frequent surrounding areas from accessing the meadow and ruining the rare native habitat and the plants that grow there. None of the logs are much bigger than a basketball in circumference and the branches are removed so they are easy to step over.

10 months ago

Great scenic hike

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