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    Horse Butte - Bend - Routes & Maps

    Anyone have links to an online map of the area? Suggested routes would be helpful as well. I read about 20+ mile rides in the area. I just don't want to end up LOST! Thanks in advance.

    I noticed that the COTA Team just did some blowdown clearing in the area based on an update on the Worklog.
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    Go to ormtb.com/Central_Oregon/CO_Trails/HorseRidge.htm
    They have a map and a link to the "Official" BLM map

    Have a good ride.

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    Gary thanks that is the best map I have seen yet thanks! Just found a new loop to make I think.



    Horse Ridge

    This should be of some help. The map would lead you to thing the green area is the fence, but that is not even close. My blue area would dictate a closer estimate. Of note is where the intersections are in relation to the blue borders. This would have helped me A LOT in my explorations out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    the horse ridge and horse butte trails are two completely different things. Willem mentioned (and the cota worklog mentioned) horse butte.
    doh!!!!
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    The Horse Ridge and Horse Butte trails are two completely different things. Willem mentioned (and the COTA worklog mentioned) Horse Butte.

    While not a map, here's the general lowdown on the Horse Butte trails

    Mountain Bike Trail Guide; Horse Butte | | The Bulletin

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Thanks DF!!! Horse's Rear End, not the a spine... Horse Butte is near the "dump". I know Horse Ridge well. Much appreciated. These two areas are often confused.
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    The newer adventure maps (although not online) include the Horse Butte area. It also shows trails in addition to and outside the standard Coyote Butte and Arnold Ice Cave loop, like Swamp wells, etc. This allows for a 30 mile loop. You can also ride from Horse Butte to Horse Ridge for longer routes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRTTherapy View Post
    The newer adventure maps (although not online) include the Horse Butte area.
    Awesome. I will pick one up today.
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    This is out riding distance from my house I'm going to have to make a spin over there.
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    delete

    edit...oops. Thought I started my own thread

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    Your welcome
    Lots of good maps and gps data on ormtb.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalArtGate View Post
    Your welcome
    Lots of good maps and gps data on ormtb.com
    Agreed, but, alas, not Horse Butte

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    Just picked up the Adventure Map at REI. Looks like a lot of trails in the Horse Butte Area. I am going to hit the area tomorrow afternoon to check it out. Lots of miles out there!! Looks cool.
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    Ride report. Hit Horse Butte this afternoon. Started out at Bessie Butte Trailhead and rode the Bessie Butte Trail East toward the intersection with Swamp Wells Trail. Headed South on Swamp Wells. Awesome experience. Not at all what I expected. Solid climb. Total for the day on my Strava App on my iPhone showed 2,150 feet climbing for the ride. The trail was in great shape. Firm conditions, narrow singletrack, and some short rock sections. Even encountered some snow and iced frozen sections for good measure. I rode all the way out to the junction with Coyote Trail. Then rode back by going down Coyote. Next time I plan to ride back down Swamp Wells. The trail conditions are better and the trail is also well marked. Not so much for Coyote. Lots of sand and some really primitive singletrack. Also tough to follow. Swamp Wells is an awesome trail and a "best kept" winter secret in Bend. A true gem in my opinion. Look forward to riding down it next time. This area will work for me through March. Fun area with awesome views. We should encourage more people to ride in the area as opposed to leaving ruts on Phil's. Extra kudos to the saw team for cutting out the blowdown. Thanks guys!!!
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    Overall 24 miles for the ride....
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    I remember last winter I hiked about a mile south on Swamp Wells, starting immediately south of Horse Butte (at the little parking area). It seemed like it had lots of potential. I've not ridden there yet.

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    Hmm, I was looking for the Horse RIDGE thread to post that i FINALLY made it out there for the first time, and found this thread... i'll have to give this a try too.

    I was out for a road bike ride the other day on China Hat Rd and was taking a break at the end of the pavement before heading back, when i heard voices, then I noticed a group of mtbers out in the sage. I didn't realize there was a trail there (not surprised either i guess, there are 2-ruts and trails all over the place out there). I'll have to check that out too. Sounds pretty good in Willem's report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    Hmm, I was looking for the Horse RIDGE thread to post that i FINALLY made it out there for the first time, and found this thread... i'll have to give this a try too.

    I was out for a road bike ride the other day on China Hat Rd and was taking a break at the end of the pavement before heading back, when i heard voices, then I noticed a group of mtbers out in the sage. I didn't realize there was a trail there (not surprised either i guess, there are 2-ruts and trails all over the place out there). I'll have to check that out too. Sounds pretty good in Willem's report.
    It is actually quite outstanding. Also a LOT closer to town!! I really have enjoyed my rides out there. A little exploring the first couple of times and after that smooth sailing! I will be out there again as soon as the snow starts to melt in town.
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    The ride reports seem great and I would really enjoy getting out there as well. Are these loops on the adventure maps or any better maps (other than the ones published in the bulletin)? Are these trails open to equestrian traffic as well? any insight is appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttrd View Post
    The ride reports seem great and I would really enjoy getting out there as well. Are these loops on the adventure maps or any better maps (other than the ones published in the bulletin)? Are these trails open to equestrian traffic as well? any insight is appreciated!
    They are technically Horse Trails. However, with the winter season the moisture has packed them down nicely. You can find the trails on the Adventure Maps. The cool thing about Swamp Wells is that it has a nice mix of climbing and is actually nice narrow singletrack. Enjoy!
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    FYI Treadmaps Central Oregon Part 2 has good coverage of the Horse Butte area.

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    Any further info. on the Swamp Wells Trail conditions? I'm going to hit it tuesday, and just ride as far south as my legs - or the trail conditions - allow. Bob Shaw promises 67 degrees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Any further info. on the Swamp Wells Trail conditions? I'm going to hit it tuesday, and just ride as far south as my legs - or the trail conditions - allow. Bob Shaw promises 67 degrees!
    By Tuesday this should be in good shape. I plan on heading out there tomorrow. We have a couple of warmer days ahead of us. I say.. Go for it!!
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    Ran the Horse Butte ten miler yesterday. There are patches of mud (it's like cake frosting) but over all the trails look pretty good.

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