A Trail of Two Worlds


The 3,500-foot cumulative elevation gain and 11-mile loop hike over Horseshoe Ridge is always tough. The pitches ascending and descending the Ridge are very steep.

However, the hike has a very pleasant stretch too.  Almost four miles of the trail follows the picturesque Souixon (rhymes with Tucson) Creek on a well-maintained, well-graded trail. Waterfalls, ferns and campsites are abundant underneath the old-growth forest.

The challenging aspect to the hike is the seven miles up, across and down the 3,400-foot ridge. For the first time in years though, the Forest Service had removed numerous blowdowns over the trail making it much easier to navigate.

It’s mainly a conditioning hike, but has enough variety to make it interesting too.

Pinesap

Pinesap

The beauty of an old-growth Mountain Hemlock forest

The beauty of an old-growth Mountain Hemlock forest

Siouxon Falls

Siouxon Falls

Penstemon

Penstemon

A cloudy day

A cloudy day

Merten's Coral Root Orchid

Merten’s Coral Root Orchid

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

Doesn't take long for Alders to eat an unused road

Doesn’t take long for Alders to eat an unused road

Bead Lily

Bead Lily

Nice campground near Siouxon Creek

Nice campground near Siouxon Creek

Penstemon

Penstemon

 

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