May 31, 1981
Only one person signed up for Horsepasture Mountain and we left Eugene at
8 a.m. for the 66 mile drive along Highway 126, past Cougar Reservoir on
Forest Road 1993 and to the end of Road 1995, site of a 1981 timber sale.
Leaving the car at 10 a.m., we made our way up a steep, brushy slope for
about 100 feet to the Olallie Trail (3529).
From there, we turned left and headed for Horsepasture Saddle.
After hiking for 2½ miles on the mostly level Olallie Trail, we
reached the saddle and after a short rest, started up the Horsepasture
The views quickly became more impressive on this perfectly clear day and
rest stops became more frequent to enjoy the scenery and for the leader to
rest his weary bones.
We reached the summit (5660') at 12:15 p.m. and were rewarded with a view of the
Three Sisters and all the major Cascade peaks from Mt. Hood to Diamond Peak.
After a picture-taking session, we found a shady spot on the grassy
slope east of the summit and enjoyed the view of the Three Sisters and their
The long view up and down the Cascades began to diminish during the afternoon
due to a slash fire north of Lookout Ridge which first obscured Mt. Hood and
later threatened to cut off our view of Mt. Jefferson.
There was another slash fire in the direction of Hardy Ridge which, in time
blocked our view of Diamond Peak.
We met only one other hiker today, a young man from McKenzie Bridge who
informed us that his father used to man the lookout on Horsepasture Mt.
After more than 3 hours on top, we began the hike back to the car at 3:30 p.m.
and after a 1½-hour return hike, we were back at the car and headed
for Eugene where we arrived at 6:45 p.m.
Hikers were Bob Foster and Richard Eden (leader).