Papoose Trail Horseback Riding

The 60th most popular equestrian trail in California.

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Near Weaverville in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the Papoose Trail is a 14 mile route.

Directions: Turnoff Highway 299 at Helena. Take paved road up E. Fork 14 miles to Hobo Gulch trailhead.

The horseback riding trail is relatively level up the wild North Fork Trinity River and in the lower reaches. There are many campsites for a family first trips and plenty of side trails to choose levels of difficulty. Up Rattlesnake Creek you pass stacks and stacks of mining rock piles. Finally the climb is cross country to Papoose lake, a lake of great beauty.

Overall, Papoose Trail is the 60th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Papoose Trail including Bizz Johnson Horse Trail, Clikapudi Trail, Trinity Alps Wilderness, Caribou Trail, Grizzly Trail and Horse Shoe TrailSapphire Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Shasta Trinity National Forest (530) 623-2121; Shasta Tourism (800) 926-4865; Otter Bar Lodge Guides; The Fifth Season (916) 926-3606; MS Visitors (800) 926-4865.

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Wagon Creek Inn (530) 926-0838

Luxury Loding:  Otter Bar Lodge (hot tub) (530) 462-4772

Breakfast Restaurant:  Lily's, Willy's Bavarian Kitchen (outside deck)

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  40.9248, -123.1543

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/15/2016

ID:  14990


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