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Horse Springs Out-and-Back

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A beautiful ride out to Horse Springs along a west-facing ridge top.


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5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

5,821' 1,774 m

High

5,089' 1,551 m

Low

1,141' 348 m

Up

1,142' 348 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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Overview

Fairly steep in sections, this ride transitions up the Sturgis Fork #903 trail to a relatively level section of the Boundary Trail #1207 for lots of old growth interspersed with meadow views to the west terminating at Horse Springs.

Need to Know

Bring a folding saw to eliminate handle bar snagging brush. We are "they" when it comes to trail maintenance.

Description

This ride starts from the TH on the Sturgis Fork #903 trail until it meets the Boundary Trail #1207. Turn left and ride out towards Horse Springs.

The Boundary Trail #1207 is pretty mellow ridge top riding, with a few short, steep sections (that could absolutely be improved with a bit of redesign to eliminate erosion and make the trail friendlier). Bring a folding saw, and if you see problems, fix them as we are "they" when it comes to trail maintenance here.

There is a nice transition to dry meadow at first, before sections of old growth as the trail drops slightly off the ridge top and onto the west-facing side for some nice meadow views. The wildflowers at Horse Springs are dope!

The Boundary Trail #1207 can be ridden further past toward the boundary with Red Buttes Wildnerss, but I think Horse Springs is a good turn around for a short ride. If you go further, be prepared to put in some work on the trail!

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Shared By:

Norm Young

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View out south towards the peak adjacent to Horse Springs as the trail starts to open up.
Jul 24, 2018 near Williams, OR
Looking NW from Horse Springs
Jul 24, 2018 near Williams, OR
Ride through old growth, Sturgis Fork trail.
Jul 19, 2018 near Williams, OR
Lower part of Sturgis Fork trail.
Jul 19, 2018 near Williams, OR
First meadow crossing and first view out towards the Illinois Valley
Jul 24, 2018 near Williams, OR
Horse Springs area looking towards the Boundary Trail as it heads towards Steve's Fork.
Jul 24, 2018 near Williams, OR

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