Horseback Ride with A Ranger – Fish Lake to Seven Mile Horse Camp – with optional overnight (Willamette NF)
Horseback Ride with A Ranger – Fish Lake to Seven Mile Horse Camp (with optional overnight). Start Time: 9:00am; foot in the stirrup at 9:30am. Location: Meet at Fish Lake dispersed camping area .(just south of and on the same side of the road as the Fish Lake Day Use Area). Difficulty: Difficult. Bring your horse and enjoy a 15 mile ride on the historic Santiam Wagon Road, going back in time to learn about the importance of this historic route to early settlers from Fish Lake to Seven Mile Horse Camp. We will gain, then lose 3,000 ft. in elevation. There are steep switch-backs with steep pitches on both the uphill and downhill side, several bridge crossings and a few water crossings. There is some rock, so shoes or boots for your horse are recommended. The shuttle vehicles will meet us at Seven Mile Horse Camp and take participants back to their horse trailers at Fish Lake.
Horses are not provided. Bring the 10 Outdoor Essentials, as well as a Northwest Forest Pass (day or annual) for your vehicle, your horse, a first aid kit for your horse, weed free hay in a hay net, a bucket for water and a helmet. (The hay nets and water buckets will be transported down to Seven Mile Horse Camp corrals and will be waiting for your horses when they arrive so that they will have food and water while they are waiting for you to return with your horse trailer. An experienced horse person will remain on site at the corrals during the shuttle to ensure the safety of the horses and to safeguard your tack). Limit of 8 participants. There is an option to stay overnight at the horse camp if you wish to continue exploring the Santiam Wagon Road with the Ranger on Saturday morning, before you head home. Leader:Nikki Swanson, Sweet Home District Ranger; email@example.com.
Preregistration is required. Tours and they fill up quickly. Register at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 (search or ask for “Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours”). Most tour fees are $10 per person ($5 with a Senior or Access Pass), plus a $1 service charge. Request for refunds must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the tour.
Sweet Home Ranger District “Heritage Hikes” are offered under the Recreation Fee Program authorized by The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). Fees are collected to fund protection and enhancement of local historic sites for public use and enjoyment, and for the continuation of conservation education programs.