Browder Ridge Trail

Willamette National Forest, Oregon 97342

Elevation Gain3,142ft
Trailhead Elevation4,027ft
Elevation Min/Max4027/5592ft
Elevation Start/End4027/4027ft

Browder Ridge Trail

Browder Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Linn County, Oregon. It is within Willamette National Forest. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 4,027 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,142 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Browder Ridge Summit Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"Browder Ridge is a little-known alternative to nearby and much more popular Iron Mountain (Hike 47). Although the trail is less crowded, the scenery is equally spectacular, with similarly impressive old-growth forests at lower elevations, the same grand meadows filled with acres of wildflowers along the ridge top, and equally breathtaking views from the summit. Despite the trailhead’s name, the trail does not follow Gate Creek. Instead it leaves the stream immediately and switchbacks up a hillside covered with an impressive old-growth forest of Douglas firs. But these are only the first and most notable of the conifer species you encounter on this hike. There are also Pacific silver and noble firs, western red and Alaska yellow cedars, western white pines, and western and mountain hemlocks. In fact, this is one of the most diverse forests in Oregon."

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Awesome. Do It!!!!! Great Views and wildflowers. Big climb is right out of the car. be ready to sweat.
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After a couple of miles, you mostly follow various ridges which, on a clear day, give you excellent views esp south to the Three Sisters, with occasional glimpses east to Mt Jefferson / 3-Finger Jack, etc. The view from the top of Browder Ridge is tough to match. Various clear flat spots along the way would make excellent backpack camping locations. Once you get to Browder Ridge, continue the trail to Heart Lake to round out to 10.1 miles. The lake is small but attractive. In the fall, the edges of the lake are still swampy. It's a somewhat steep descent into (and steep ascent out of) the lake, giving you the workout that the rest of the trail largely lacks (some switch-backs early on, but the rest of the trail is pretty easy).

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Willamette National Forest
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Willamette National Forest
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USGS Tamolitch Falls, Echo Mountain
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