Horse Lake

  • Moderate
  • 8.8-mile loop
  • 600 feet elevation gain
  • Open July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

This popular loop heads deep into the rolling forests of the Three Sisters Wilderness. At Horse Lake, a fisherman’s trail leads around the shore to a dramatic rock peninsula—the ideal spot for lunch. On the hike back, take a short, little-known side path to Colt Lake, a miniature version of Horse Lake. Mosquitoes are a problem throughout July.

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This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.