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Browder Ridge Trail
Both photos courtesy of George Wuerthner.
| Length: 3.7 miles one way
Difficulty: Moderate/ Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,160 - 5,200 feet
Forest Service Trail #3409 Site: Browder Ridge (no map)
|There are two paths to Browder Ridge. This is the shorter trail.
The other, which William Sullivan numbers as trail # 14, is
designated by the Forest Service as a continuation of the Gate
Creek Trail. The Forest Service Browder Ridge Trail passes
through old-growth forest, alpine meadows and mature true fir
forests. It provides views of Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and
the Three Sisters. The trail reaches a branch at about 5200
feet. The trail to the right is the Gate Creek Trail.
The trail to the left may be marked as the Heart Lake Trail.
However it is marked, take the left trail along the ridge toward
Hart Lake. The trail eventually reaches a crest in the ridge
where a short side trail goes towards Heart Lake. The trail ends
before the lake, but some dedicated fishers descend to the lake. It
may not be well marked, but the trail turns uphill to climb to the
summit of Browder Ridge.
Directions: Turn south off Highway 20 at mile 63 onto Deer Creek Rd (Forest Road 15), 34 miles east of Sweet Home. Travel along paved Road 15 for 2.5 miles, then turn left onto spur road 080. This is a gravel road. Follow it for 0.5 miles to the trailhead.
Go to the Trail Guide
Go to the Browder Ridge page in Special Places