Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area

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Sweet Home, Oregon

Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sweet Home, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,128 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

4 days ago

heads up the last two times I've tried to go their were at least 10-15 cars already at the top filling the "parking spots" and the road as make shift parking. if your not a people person avoid this area or go very early or very late to beat crowds.

Absolutely gorgeous 360 views. Wild flowers everywhere. Spectacular.

hiking
8 days ago

easy to find trailhead if you use William Sullivan's directions in his book. this hike is short but the views are very rewarding. the first part is under shade with a gentle incline, then it opens up to great views! it can be muddy in the last half of the hike, but nothing too bad. we hiked in late April 2020 and had great views to enjoy. the trailhead has no signage, no toilets, etc, and only enough parking for about 5-7 cars.

hiking
20 days ago

My husband and I hiked this on May 10. It is about 3 1/2 miles, but sort of steep in areas so being 76 I was glad I brought my trekking poles. We had a hard time finding the trail head as there is absolutely NO marking. It is exactly 4.9 miles on the right on West Brush Creek Road. Pretty hike and go early as when we got back to the trail head there were about 20 cars lined along the road and in the little trailhead area.

hiking
25 days ago

This hike was okay, expected it to be a little harder from reviews. It was quiet on a weekday. There are a few steep spots that might be dangerous in the rain when it's muddy. The views are nicer during the first mile.

This trail has great views and the incline makes it a decent workout despite it not being too long. If you’re going for views it not worth going up to the cell tower but if you’re looking to get some more gain and mileage continue on and just past the tower you can continue on a service road if you want to extend your hike.

hiking
26 days ago

Super windy today but worth getting out and hiking. Trail wasn’t to slippery for being wet and windy. Went to the clearing and up to the 2nd rock grouping before turning back. Had the kids with me and didn’t want to risk anything as it was too windy to go on with them in tow.

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muddy
1 month ago

great view! if you're looking for places without a crowd. this isn't it.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

What a great hike! The drive to it was beautiful. The views from the second cell tower are spectacular but the views from the rocks about halfway are my favorite, less civilization is visible. I would say it's on the harder side of moderate but we did see hikers of all skill levels out there.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

It’s a nice short trail. Good views even though it was kind of cloudy.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views, a very unique and rocky hike. Gets slippery and muddy in some areas. Absolute gem. Moderate traffic. My favorite picnic spot to bring a blanket and feel small

hiking
1 month ago

The clearing is spectacular in the sun! When hiking up, it was very cloudy, but was beautiful on the way back. Honestly, the 2nd antenna tower view wasn't that great, hiking along the clearing was the best part. When I go back, I'll turn around at the first antenna tower. Also, I would not recommend the hike for small children because it is mostly uphill and very steep in places; there were several very unhappy families there

hiking
1 month ago

It is open as of Saturday 4/11 and lots of trail behind as well so you can go longer than 3.5 mis. Hoping it stays open, will plan to go back next weekend, please keep us updated if anyone goes and ifnds that they closed it

1 month ago

Nice hike. Moderate foot traffic, by the time we were finished with the hike, the parking was full. Beautiful views. Muddy in very few areas, near spring at the top, but everything else is fine. To do the full, almost 4 miles, is to a second radio tower, which is past the first cell tower, but you get views of the valley & Brownsville area if you get to it. Otherwise the views at the hilltop pasture is the prettier area of the hike, in my opinion

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Spectacular views. Easy hike through the woods to the first meadow. After that it gets serious. Steep and slippery. Next level is the best view. Cave at the top of a nearly straight up grade is neat. Note that the tree in front of the cave has grown around it as if it’s holding the huge boulder up. Made it to the first radio tower without anymore views and decided to turn back not knowing there’s a second tower and the end. Did it with a 7 yo and a 4 yo.

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muddy
1 month ago

Really great trail! Parts of it are definitely a little harder than others and little muddy! Overall good hike though :) Would recommend!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

1 month ago

What a great hike. The road getting there is mostly single lane so go slow around corners. There's 8 spots for parking in the small lot and overflow along the road. There's a fence with a pile of rocks in front of it... that's the trailhead. It's early in the season so parts of the trail were muddy and slick so plan for that. Lots of spots for having a lunch for the family. If it is a hot day you'll definitely want sunscreen, hats and water because the main hike has incredible views but is open meadow.

hiking
1 month ago

Where the map took me is up to the gate of weyheyser property. Where do we go?

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a Beautiful hike while practicing social distancing. Very busy but it had a great trail to distance yourself from others. The trail is difficult in many areas. Lots of climbing over rocks and hilly areas. It was very slippery and muddy in other areas. Be careful when trying it, someone slipped and broke there ankle and rescue people had to come out and lift them out to safety.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

HARD with with not normal trail. During our hike a lady slipped and broke her ankle; very slick trail due to rocks and mud. Beautiful view! Dogs welcomed but most on leash.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Loved it! I went on a Very clear day, excited that I got to see the mountains!

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