Horse Camp Trail #958


The Horse Camp Trail is a scenic trail that offers access to the Red Buttes Wilderness and Echo Lake. Opportunities for fishing at Echo Lake and panoramic views from the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) at the top make the difficulty of this hike worthwhile.

Beginning at Horse Camp Trailhead, the trail climbs steeply through a shaded forest. The junction with Butte Fork Trail #957 is located at mile 0.6; the Horse Camp Trail stays to the left and continues to climb steadily along the ridgeline. Views of the old Butte Fork landslide are visible. Horse Camp is reached in 1 mile, with a spring located nearby.

From Horse Camp, the trail continues its ascent for another 1.5 miles before it reaches a high mountain meadow dotted with an array of wildflowers. The Echo Lake junction is shortly thereafter; the trail to the right leads to Echo Lake, which is nestled in a small cirque basin below No Name Peak.

To reach the PCT, continue on the trail to the left, reaching the crest in 0.5 miles. This marks the end of Horse Camp Trail.

Attractions and Considerations: The Horse Camp Trail offers an opportunity for a 15 mile loop beginning and ending at the Horse Camp Trailhead. This loop can be completed by taking the Horse Camp Trail (3.9 miles), to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. At the crest, follow the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail northeast for 2 miles to Cook and Green Pass. The Cook and Green Trail #959 takes off from here heading north, and begins an 8.2 mile descent to Forest Road 1040. On Forest Road 1040, head south for 0.5 mile to the Horse Camp Trailhead.

Prepare for your hike! Carry plenty of water. Water sources have not been tested and may be unsafe to drink. Water treatment is recommended.

There are two designated campsites located near Cook and Green Creek.

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Closest Towns:
  • Ruch, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


From Ruch, OR, travel south on Upper Applegate Road for 18.8 miles to the junction with Carberry Creek Road (County Road 777) and turn left (southeast). Proceed 1.5 miles to the junction of FS Roads 1040 and 1050, and turn right on FS Road 1040. Continue for 3.9 miles to Horse Camp Trailhead, located on the left side of the road.

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  Area/Length : 
3.9 miles

  Elevation : 
2,400 feet - 5,460 feet range