Browder Ridge Trail
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Browder Ridge Trail
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Both photos courtesy of George Wuerthner.
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Length: 3.7 miles one way
Difficulty: Moderate/ Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,160 - 5,200 feet
Forest Service Trail #3409 Site: Browder Ridge (no map)

There are two paths to Browder Ridge. This is the shorter trail. The other, which William Sullivan numbers as trail # 14, is designated by the Forest Service as a continuation of the Gate Creek Trail. The Forest Service Browder Ridge Trail passes through old-growth forest, alpine meadows and mature true fir forests. It provides views of Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and the Three Sisters. The trail reaches a branch at about 5200 feet.  The trail to the right is the Gate Creek Trail.  The trail to the left may be marked as the Heart Lake Trail.  However it is marked, take the left trail along the ridge toward Hart Lake.  The trail eventually reaches a crest in the ridge where a short side trail goes towards Heart Lake. The trail ends before the lake, but some dedicated fishers descend to the lake. It may not be well marked, but the trail turns uphill to climb to the summit of Browder Ridge.



Directions: From Sweet Home, travel east on Highway 20 for 34 miles to Forest Road 15 (Deer Creek). This road is marked as paved. Travel along Road 15 for 2.5 miles, then turn left onto spur road 080. This is a gravel road. Follow it for 0.5 miles to the trailhead.

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