Best Oregon Horse Trails

Oregon has 5 horseback rides.

  June 27, 2019

Located in the US, the horseback riding in Oregon is known for five fun horse trails. The best Oregon horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Elkhorn Crest Trail, Blue Ridge Trail System, Winchester Trail System, Metolius-Windigo Trail, and North Umpqua River Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Oregon horseback riding trail below.

Where Can I Ride Horses In Oregon?

FEATURED:  Winchester Trail System

  Coos Bay, Oregon

  October 10, 2018

Southwest of Salem and south of Coos Bay, the Winchester Trail System is a 30 mile network of horseback trails and roads open to horseback riding. This area is very popular with ATV riders, dirt bikers and mountain bikers, so keep an eye out for them. The trails are maintained by the South Coast Trail Riders, along with the help of the Shutter Creek inmate work crews.

FEATURED:  Elkhorn Crest Trail


  July 30, 2016

North of Baker City in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, the 23 mile Elkhorn Crest Trail is a National Recreation Trail and the highest trail in the Blue Mountains, crossing alpine and sub-alpine life zones up to 8,500 feet elevation. The Elkhorn Crest National Recreation Trail #1611 offers panoramic views of the Baker Valley and the Wallowa Mountains to the east, while the endless folds of the Blue Mountains fade away to the south and west. A total of six lakes may be viewed from the Elkhorn Crest Trail and an additional five can be reached by spur trails or cross-country travel.

FEATURED:  Metolius-Windigo Trail


  June 27, 2019

Northwest of Bend and Sisters in the Deschutes National Forest, the Metolius-Windigo Trail is a 120 mile horseback riding trail the Metolius River headwaters west of Sisters and runs south to Windigo Pass near Crescent Lake. The trail was created around 1980 by linking sections of existing trails, primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail. Because of its lower elevation, this trail is snow-free longer and has fewer mosquitoes than the higher elevation PCT. The trail passes through a wide variety of scenic terrain and forest types.