Horse Butte Loop Trail by Adam Nichols

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
9.9 miles
Elevation
751'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Mark Campbell November 22, 2016 at 5:23 pmRode today and it was FANTASTIC! That trail when it's good....it is really really good. Only a few slick spots but the views are just awesome. Makes you feel like you are riding the real High Desert instead of the Forrest....which I do love.
  • Bruce Bradshaw October 7, 2016 at 2:36 pmA few loose spots and expect to be bushwhacking otherwise in good shape.
  • David Dodge April 30, 2016 at 3:30 pmTrail is in great shape.
  • Adam Nichols March 30, 2016 at 3:17 pmGreat condition right now, no more mud, just tacky dirt!
  • Matt Wesley March 18, 2016 at 10:44 pmRiding well. A few small spots of mud but overall trail is in great shape.
  • Mike Johnson February 22, 2016 at 10:39 pmMy wife and I rode it last Sunday, (2/21/16). As with most trails this time of year, it was great early - when it was still frozen. At about 4,700' elevation the trail was about half snow and half dirt. By 4,800' it was pretty much all snow. But... it had a nice crust and you could cruise along the top on a fatbike. I was able to get all the way to the horse camp. I'm not saying it was easy, but it was rideable. By the time I got back down to the dirt on the Coyote trail it was very sloppy.
  • Willem Boom January 14, 2016 at 1:40 pmHorrible ice mess this morning. The snow is so packed, that it is pure slip and slide at this point. Had to bail on my attempt at a ride. Hope the new snow helps!
 

Ride Description

The Horse Butte Loop is a great 10 mile loop that’s nice and close to town. Because of its elevation and exposure, it gets less snow than the west side, and that snow melts faster too — so while we’re listing it as a fat bike ride, it’s really a “winter riding spot.”

The loop is made up of three trails: the Coyote Loop Trail, the Boyd Cave Trail, and the Arnold Ice Cave Trail. Depending on the snow depth and trail conditions, you’ll often find other options to extend your ride — or jump on China Hat Road and rack up some miles.

One of the coolest things about riding Horse Butte are the views. Unlike Bend’s west-side MTB trails, Horse Butte is fairly open and exposed making for some great vistas. For the same reason, it’s not super fun spot if the wind is howling, because there’s little to no cover.

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Trail Reports » Horse Butte Loop

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  1. Mark Campbell says:

    Rode today and it was FANTASTIC! That trail when it’s good….it is really really good. Only a few slick spots but the views are just awesome. Makes you feel like you are riding the real High Desert instead of the Forrest….which I do love.

  2. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    A few loose spots and expect to be bushwhacking otherwise in good shape.

  3. David Dodge says:

    Trail is in great shape.

  4. Adam Nichols says:

    Great condition right now, no more mud, just tacky dirt!

  5. Matt Wesley says:

    Riding well. A few small spots of mud but overall trail is in great shape.

  6. Mike Johnson says:

    My wife and I rode it last Sunday, (2/21/16). As with most trails this time of year, it was great early – when it was still frozen. At about 4,700′ elevation the trail was about half snow and half dirt. By 4,800′ it was pretty much all snow. But… it had a nice crust and you could cruise along the top on a fatbike. I was able to get all the way to the horse camp. I’m not saying it was easy, but it was rideable. By the time I got back down to the dirt on the Coyote trail it was very sloppy.

  7. Willem Boom says:

    Horrible ice mess this morning. The snow is so packed, that it is pure slip and slide at this point. Had to bail on my attempt at a ride. Hope the new snow helps!

  8. Willem Boom says:

    Overall riding okay as of this week. Lots of other traffic on this trail is making the snow bumpy.

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