Olallie Ridge Trail to Horsepasture Mountain
July 27, 1986
This was a hike which began with a persistent uphill climb through beautiful woods, developed into a trail thick with underbrush but with good north views towards Mt. Jefferson and ended with a steep climb up Horsepasture Mtn. with unbroken and breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and the entire Wilderness which bears their name.
The trailhead is reached by leaving Hwy 126 at McKenzie Bridge, south onto Horse Creek Rd., then right onto FS Rd 1993, continuing about 2.5 miles to the sign for the Olallie Ridge Trail. The trail is good for 3 - 3.5 miles, and there is evidence of recent deadfall removal. Then, in the Olallie Natural Research Area, the trail levels out but is almost obscured by brush. The hike continues through Horsepasture Saddle, and then climbs steeply another 1.5 miles to the top of Horsepasture Mountain. The view opens up about 500 yards below the top, and is one of the most satisfying sites I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. We returned to Horsepasture Saddle where we had a car shuttle arranged to shorten the return trip — it’s a long hike; it takes time to climb that steadily. There is no reliable water on the trail.
An unplanned pleasure was to come upon Mary Ellen West and a group of friends in Horsepasture Saddle. The company was as good as the view and much easier to take than the climb. Laramie and Theodore Palmer added to our fun by identifying over 60 variety of flowers in full bloom.
Trekkers were Melinda Bruce, Bob Hawkins, Wayne Husk, Bonnie Ledford, Gary Marx, Debbie Nappier, Laramie and Thoedore Palmer, and leader Jerry Casby.