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The Horse Camp Trail is a scenic trail offering access to the Red Buttes Wilderness Area and Echo Lake. The trail provides opportunities for fishing in Echo Lake and panoramic views from the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000. The trail climbs 3,500 feet in 3.9 miles and water may be found along the trail in two springs but has not been tested for safety. Treatment is recommended.

The trail climbs steeply from the trailhead through a shaded deciduous and mixed conifer forest. In 0.6 miles, the junction with the Butte Fork Trail #957 is reached. The Horse Camp Trail stays to the left and continues to climb steadily along the ridgeline. Horse Camp is reached after another mile with a spring located nearby. The trail continues to climb for another 1.5 miles before reaching a high mountain meadow dotted with an array of wildflowers. Deer are frequently seen grazing in the meadows. The Echo Lake junction at 6592 feet is soon reached – the trail to the right leads to Echo Lake, nestled in a small cirque basin below No Name Peak. For those continuing to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000, follow the trail to the left and continue another half mile to the crest, marking the end of the Horse Camp trail.

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 PCNST northeast for two 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 1040, head south for half a mile to the Horse Camp Trailhead.

Directions: From Ruch: Travel south on County Road 859 13 miles past the Star Ranger Station to the junction with Carberry Creek road. Turn left and proceed 1.5 miles to the junctions of Forest roads # 1040 and #1050. Turn right on to road #1040, and continue for 3.9 miles to the Horse Camp Trailhead. Facilities include two designated campsites located near Cook and Green Creek.

Seasonal Access: Normally Accessible: June-October

Facility Type: Trail

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