Area Status: Open
Trail access is affected by recreational gate closure on Dec 1st – April 1st annually. Please see our Roads Table for current information.
This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness Area. This trail is a steady, steep climb with numerous switchbacks going through a forested Westside Cascade mountainside.
The trail begins at Cast Creek, Horseshoe Ridge, Sandy River trailhead, located at Riley Horse Camp, and ends at Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness. This trail is a steady, steep climb with numerous switchbacks going through a forested Westside Cascade mountainside. Visitors can retrace their steps to return to the trailhead.
To reach Caste Lake Trail #796, turn right (west) onto #775 and follow it for 500’ to the beginning of #796. To make an 11.8 mile loop, turn right (west) onto #775 from the end of #773 and follow it for 1.9 miles to Horseshoe Ridge Trail #774. Turn right (north) onto #774 and follow it for 4.6 miles to Forest Road 1825-380. Turn right onto Forest Road 1825-380 and follow it for 0.1 mile back to Riley Horse Camp. Although the trail is open to horse use, it is recommended that only experienced equestrians and horses use this route and that they ride it from south to north (downhill) only.
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
Access via Cast Creek, Horseshoe Ridge, Sandy River trailhead at Riley Horse Camp.
From Portland, OR - follow U.S. Hwy 26 17.5 miles east of Sandy to Zigzag. At Zigzag, approximately 0.4 mile past milepost 42, turn left (north) on Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18). Turn left on Lolo Pass Road and travel 4 miles to Forest Road 1825. Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 1825 and travel 1.2 miles to Forest Road 1825-380. Turn Right (south) onto Forest Road 1825-380 and travel 200’ to the parking area and trailhead on the east side of the road.