Wildhorse Lake Trail
Burns District | OR
Season Dates: 7/5 - 10/20
Wildhorse Lake Trail is a challenging hike for the dedicated adventurer. Park at the end of the Wildhorse Lake Overlook Road and follow the trail 1/4 mile to the Wildhorse Lake Overlook. From there, the 1-mile long segment to the lake receives limited maintenance and is very steep and unstable, so use extreme caution, especially if you are carrying a fishing pole! For overnighters, camping is limited to two, established but primitive sites at the lake. Make sure you have a camp stove as fires are not allowed within the Wildhorse Lake basin. Check the sign up sheet inside the registration box to verify if either site is available. There are other sites approximately 3 miles down the canyon if the lake sites are taken, but be aware there isn't a trail leading into the canyon - the brush is thick and the elvation gain on the way out is almost 3000' feet.
From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, turn left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Travel approximately 25 miles on the Loop Road before coming to a 3 way road junction affectionally know as 'the Turkey Foot.' At the Turkey Foot, STAY STRAIGHT to head to the Steens Summit Trailhead parking [also the parking area for the Wildhorse Lake Overlook Road], about 2 miles ahead. [A left turn at the Turkey Foot will take you to the East Rim Overlook a right turn at the Turkey Foot will continue along the Steens Loop Road toward South Steens Campground.] Follow the trail 1/4 mile to Wildhorse Lake Overlook and continue your journey down to the water.