Horse Lake

Bend, Oregon 97702

Horse Lake

Horse Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The beginning stretch of this route is popular, as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) lies just 1.5 miles from the trailhead, and Elk Lake is a popular pit stop for thru-hikers. But this route mostly avoids the beaten-down PCT path, so you’ll have a little more room to breathe."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"Though literally right across the street from the main entrance to Elk Lake, the Horse Lake Trailhead sees very little tra?c by comparison. This is primarily due to the small bit of extra e?ort required for the payout on this run. There is no perfect trail leading to the shores of Horse Lake, nor does any distinct trail lead to the number of smaller lakes just o? the main loop trail. Finding the gems requires a little bit of o?-trail navigation and gusto. For those up for an adventure, though, it’s well worth the small e?ort." Read more

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Trail Information

Bend
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.6
Distance
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
8-9 hours
Duration
July-Oct
Season
Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Elk Lake, USGS Packsaddle Mountain, Geo-Graphics Three Sisters Wilderness
Local Maps

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Dec 2018