Roughly 1,000 miles of trails in Mt. Hood National Forest offer a variety of challenges and opportunities for horseback rides. The following guidelines help protect the forest and make everyone's visit more enjoyable.
Equestrians please control your horse, avoid cross-country riding, and avoid tying stock to trees for prolonged periods.
The Back Country Horsemen of Oregon, Columbia Gorge Chapter partners with Mt. Hood National Forest in the maintenance of equestrian trails. Their mission is stated as: "Local men and women dedicated to the preservation of our right to the common sense use and enjoyment of pack and saddle stock in Oregon's wilderness and backcountry." Check out their Activities Calendar for info on trail work parties and get local contact information as well by going to their web site at: http://www.bcho.org
Oregon Equestrian Trails (OET) is a non-profit volunteer organization formed in 1970. OET works with Mt. Hood National Forest to maintain trails and has built horse camps in the past. In addition, OET promotes education of equestrians with "Leave No Trace" ethics as well as proper campground and trail etiquette. The local OET chapters are Mt. Hood and North Valley. The Mt. Hood Chapter concentrates on opening wilderness trails while the North Valley Chapter maintains 26 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Riley Horse Camp, Joe Graham Horse Camp, and the corrals at Clackamas Lake Campground were all constructed by OET volunteers in partnership with the US Forest Service. You can join volunteer efforts to maintain trails by going to the OET website at: http://www.oregonequestriantrails.org