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Wildhorse Lake Trail, OR

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Rated  Favorite Wish List OR > Southeast
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,507 feet
Elevation Gain -1,011 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 - 3 hr
Kokopelli Seeds 7.56
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2018-07-27 Steph_and_Blake
7  2017-06-30 arizona_water
7  2011-08-25 Supden
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Preferred   May, Jun, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:37am - 5:59pm
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plop down & enjoy a snack
by Steph_and_Blake

Likely In-Season!
Overview
A moderate hike into a bowl of wildflowers ends at the shores of a clear, pristine lake.

Warning
Nearly all of the hike to the lake is steep and on unstable ground. It took us longer to descend to the lake than it did to get back up to the trailhead.


The Hike
From the unsigned trailhead head west down an old Jeep road to the trail register. Sign in and take a left to the rim of Wildhorse Canyon. The trail traverses the canyon wall for a short while before the switchbacks begin. The switchbacks aren’t very steep, but the trail is dusty and/or gravel-laden so the going is slow.

To make up for the tedium of the watching every step, there are an endless number of wildflowers to behold. You might not look up much to see the glistening lake, but you’ll surely stop numerous times to admire the gently swaying sea of reds, blues, pinks, yellows, and whites.

About three-quarters of the way to the lake a couple of small, babbling streams parallel the trail. Here the wildflowers become more varied and abundant. Eventually the trail levels out and within 100 yards you’ll come to the shores of the lake. Plop down, enjoy a snack, and regret not having brought your fishing gear.
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Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Frenchglen, Oregon:

    Take OR-205 South. Turn left onto Steens Mountain Loop Road. Drive approximately 27 miles. Follow signs to Wildhorse Lake.
    page created by HAZ_Hikebot on Aug 01 2018 12:06 pm
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