Cowhorn Mountain

Chemult, Oregon 97731

Cowhorn Mountain

Cowhorn Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Cowhorn Mountain is a highly eroded Central Cascades volcano just south of Crescent Lake in the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area (OCRA). Established in 1984, the OCRA contains 156,900 acres of land managed by the Forest Service. The OCRA is flanked on the north by the Diamond Peak Wilderness and on the south by the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, and offers visitors a range of scrambling, hiking, and climbing opportunities.

The approach to Cowhorn Mountain begins in mixed conifer forest, which gives way to a short ridge scramble on fairly solid rock. Along the ridge the forest changes to subalpine trees that include whitebark pines. Cowhorn, which at one time had a summit spire, was once called Little Cowhorn to distinguish it from Big Cowhorn, but Big Cowhorn has since been renamed Mount Thielsen. Special considerations: Forest Road 60 (Windigo Pass Road) usually has deep snow until July; call the ranger district to find out when the road opens."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,007 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
7 hours
Best July to October
5,821 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,664 feet
Top Elevation
Deschutes National Forest, Crescent Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Cowhorn Mountain
Local Maps

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Oct 2018