Horse Rock Ridge

AreaWillamette Valley
Best time to visitMid-May through mid-June
Blooming NowYES
Elevation2250-2800 feet
Trail Info0.7 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
 WILDFLOWER SEARCH
 ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
DogsPROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.

Description

Located in the Coburg Hills between Eugene/Springfield and Crawfordsville, Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area (RNA) comprises 377 acres and is managed by the BLM. The RNA was established in 1995 to protect the best remaining example of a grassy treeless area. In 2001, the 62-acre Horse Rock Ridge Preserve (managed by The Nature Conservancy) was established directly adjacent to the RNA.

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.

Directions

Take Interstate 5 to Exit 216, then take Highway 228 east toward Brownsville. On the east side of the town of Crawfordsville (11 miles from I-5), turn right onto Brush Creek Road. Proceed 2.0 miles and turn right onto West Fork Brush Creek Road (don't let the "Dead End" sign fool you). After 1.6 miles and slightly after a "Road Ends 500 Feet" sign, fork uphill onto paved BLM Road 14-1-32. Be careful at this point because one of the residents has a dog that always "greets" passing vehicles by standing in the road.

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.

Trip Reports

DateSubmitted by
05/15/2022Greg Lief
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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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