|OregonWildflowers Locations Horse Rock Ridge
|Best time to visit
|Mid-May through mid-June
|0.7 miles one-way to the meadows, 300 feet elevation gain
Additional 0.75 mile and 300 feet elevation gain to western edge of meadows
|PLANT LIST AVAILABLE
|Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
|PROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.
Horse Rock Ridge is recognized for its diversity of plant species, which include Willamette Valley plants as well as plants more often found in the montane zone of the Cascade Range. There are also several species that are normally only found east of the Cascade Range.
In addition to the wildflowers, on a clear day you will have wonderful views of Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters, as well as the top of Diamond Peak. Another bonus is that you will probably enjoy solitude. A "busy" day at Horse Rock Ridge generally means sharing it with half a dozen other people!
For more information, I encourage you to read the Kalmiopsis booklet and the Horse Rock Ridge RNA Guidebook.
Proceed uphill another 3.6 miles. When the road starts to go downhill again, watch for and take a hard right onto a gravel spur road. There is room for 5-6 cars. If necessary, park on the side of the paved road.
After parking, walk up the gravel road, carefully climb the boulder berm, and walk through the chain link fence. The meadows are 0.7 mile beyond the fence.
NOTE: Because it is very easy to pass the parking area, if you own a GPS you should set a waypoint for N 44 17.565 W 122 51.998.
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Horse Rock Ridge meadow
Three Sisters view from Horse Rock Ridge
Monkeyflower meadow at Horse Rock Ridge
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