Horse Mountain

This is one of the most fun easy 4WD routes in the southern Mendocino National Forest. A perennial favorite with fans of dispersed camping, it passes quite a few cleared level spots in the forest, many with simple fire rings and some with views. This trail is simply a blast to drive; although it h... Read More
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Highlights of Horse Mountain

Altitude Category Icon Altitude
Camping Category Icon Camping
Forest Category Icon Forest
Highest Elevation
4682 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
17N27
Nearest Town
Upper Lake
Nearest Services
Upper Lake
Management Agency
Mendocino National Forest
District
Upper Lake District

Overview

This is one of the most fun easy 4WD routes in the southern Mendocino National Forest. A perennial favorite with fans of dispersed camping, it passes quite a few cleared level spots in the forest, many with simple fire rings and some with views. This trail is simply a blast to drive; although it has occasional erosion gullies that need to be navigated with care, much of the rest of the route is surprisingly smooth, and lacks the punishing washboard bumps that are so common elsewhere in the MNF. After the final short, steep hill to the top of Horse Mountain, you'll find that trees around the summit clearing block views down to the valley; however it is still a great spot for a picnic lunch.

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32 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
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