Horsepasture Mountain

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 Mountain Trail. 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 satellite peaks. 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).


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