Wildhorse Lake Trail from Steens Summit Road

MODERATE 17 reviews

Wildhorse Lake Trail from Steens Summit Road is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frenchglen, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,059 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Rough, remote, and beautiful. Alpacas, llamas and horses are an occasional site. Also, the last two Tuesdays of July, don't be surprised at the sight of a couple hundred runners. The trail is steep and at high elevation, so expect to need to stop for breathers if you're not used to either. However, the views make it all worth it. It's not a long trail, is well defined and easy to follow. As you get closer to the lake, you realize the magnitude of your surroundings. This area is so special and otherworldly. It can be windy and cold at any time of year, and snows annually, so prepare for adverse weather conditions no matter the time of year.

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4 months ago

The hike is challenging from a terrain perspective but short and beautiful! I would highly recommend. Four of us did it, 90 minutes down and an hour back up. Take your fly rod, you won’t be disappointed.

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4 months ago

Incredible hike! Ran down the trail and took a dive into the lake. I would rate this hike difficult for steepness though.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Incredibly stunning wildflowers and scenery. So peaceful down by the lake. The long (25 mile) gravel roadway to get there was in better shape than I had expected given some other previous reviews. That said, there were some areas of the trail that were downright scary with lots of loose rock and steep drop-offs. Everyone up there, including some very experienced hikers, was remarking upon it. Worth it though.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
Tue Sep 18 2018

Wow! Here's one that makes you work for it! The trail is steep and at high elevation, so expect to need to stop for breathers if you're not used to either. However, the views make it all worth it. It's not a long trail, is well defined and easy to follow. As you get closer to the lake, you realize the magnitude of your surroundings. We saw someone camping on the far shore and could barely make them out they were so far away. This area is so special and otherworldly. I highly recommend the hike. P.S. It was super windy and cold when we were there in mid-September. It even started to snow on our way back around the loop road. So prepare for adverse weather conditions no matter the time of year.

Fri Aug 17 2018

Beautiful hike. Worth the time. Hubby even caught some fish

hiking
Sat Jul 14 2018

The two trails shown here are Wildhorse Lake Trail and Steens Mountain Summit Trail, both start from the same parking lot. The summit trail is actually a service road that is very steep but not too long. I do a lot of hiking and backpacking and was surprised how tiring the walk up was but remember this is at almost 10,000ft so that may affect you. The lake trail is very very steep with harsh switchbacks, but it's pretty short as well. There is a third trail that branches off of the lake trail and goes along the ridge to the right, maybe a mile or so. It is pretty fun but isn't for children. It's rocky and on the ledge, though it's nothing too intense but not safe for some. I don't know the name of this trail unfortunately. I'll refer to it as Wildhorse Ridge Trail

Sat Aug 27 2016

great views... trails are good, not great. the view though - simply amazing. feul up at burns!!! Road is better, but still gravelly and bumpy so make sure to have good tires. 5 star for the views.

Sun Jun 21 2015

Lovely views, flowers, and birds.

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7 months ago

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