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Horse Creek Trail

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Length

12.8 Miles 20.6 Kilometers

93%

Runnable

Singletrack

Elevation

2,816' 858 m

Ascent

-31' -10 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

4,959' 1,511 m

High

2,159' 658 m

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A densely populated trail of both flora and fauna alike.

Justin S.

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Runner Notes

Though the trails are marked and maintained, there are sections encroached foliage overgrowth. Watch for poison ivy, as well as resident black bear, elk, bald eagles and northern spotted owls. The trail leads into Horse Lake Trail (continuation of Horse Creek).

Description

The Horse Creek Trail traverses the area from north to east. The run from this trails northern trailhead traverses some of the oldest and largest forest groves within the wilderness. The trailhead is located on a high ridge making for a fairly level and easy first mile. The trail snakes around towering firs, spruces and hemlocks, some with diameters exceeding seven feet.

Massive ferns cover the forest floor, and moss hangs from the 400-year-old trees. The path is well-maintained along the ridge but just past mile 2, the trail turns downhill where it begins a steep, switchback descent toward Drift Creek. Towards the end of the creek feel free to go fishing for salmon or trout before heading back along the path. The trail leads into Horse Lake Trail (continuation of Horse Creek).

Flora & Fauna

Sitka spruce, hemlock, Douglas fir, poison ivy, moss every where you turn.

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