Route: The Headless Horsemen: Horse to Horse to Horse to Horse (OR)

Submitted by emilyrosekeddie on Mon, 03/22/2021 - 09:51am
Oregon, US
30.5 mi
Vertical Gain
3,360 ft

Starting at the main parking area for Horse Butte, run to the top of Horse Butte to tag the first horse. Then cross the dirt road and begin the Horse Butte trail clockwise. Just under 5mi in, reach the Skeleton Caves junction and continue straight. Stay on the Horse-to-Horse trail past Stookey Flat, toward Golden Valley. Gently wind uphill until the intersection on a height of land- take the right, very steep out-and-back for Horse Ridge #1. The summit is to the right once on the ridge. A tree marks the highest point. Descend, make a right and then a quick left onto singletrack toward Horse Ridge #2. Reach a dirt road, take a right uphill and then take the left, again very steep, across from a concrete pad. You will need to bushwhack to the summit about 200 vertical feet as the road abruptly ends. Descend, and make a right onto the dirt road. Follow this road, passing several intersections. It eventually veers left back to singletrack, and rejoins the Horse-to-Horse trail. Some navigation is helpful. Retrace the route to Horse Butte and tag the summit one more time, and return to the parking lot. 

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