Horn Creek 2257

Total Miles
11.7

Elevation

1,222.80 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Horn Creek 2257 is located just west of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area in the heart of the 1.7 million-acre Willamette National Forest. This starts and ends as a paved route, however, the pavement is in bad shape. This route is not recommended for low clearance vehicles due to the very technical, slow-moving maneuverability issues with off-camber roads, boulders in the middle of the road, over-hanging trees, fallen debris, landslides, flash floods, sunken grades, washed-out sections, and narrow roads that cause pin striping. Elevation gain on this trail is roughly 1,600 feet from Highway 22. Several spur trails lead off this route to hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails which consist of miles of backcountry activities. Beautiful lakes with dispersed camping are found off spur trails, however, they are primitive with no running water or restrooms. Northwest Forest Pass is required at all trailheads unless you have the recreation.gov/mobile-app where fees can be paid. The WNF gives out free firewood cutting permits for up to 6 cords of wood per year and is available through your local ranger station. There is a lot of wildlife in this area, including chipmunks, black bears, northern spotted owls, mule deer, bald eagles, Chinook salmon, black-tailed deer, bull trout, black bear, cougar, southern red-backed vole, elk, and wolverine. Plants such as Pacific Trillium, beargrass western bunchberry, pacific rhododendron, Douglas-fir, and cascade Oregon-grape abound. This route is best enjoyed from March 1st through November 1st. The gates close for the winter due to weather conditions, however the trail is still accessible by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Difficulty

The road is primitive and unmaintained, with rocks, boulders the size of cars, fallen trees with low height clearance, narrow roads that cause pin striping, sunken grades, and washed-out roads. Signs are posted warning adventurers of said issues.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

From Detroit, Oregon, travel southeast on State Highway 22 for 16 miles to Marion Forks. Turn left at Road 2257.

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