The lesser known wildflower meadows on Browder Ridge are less crowded than nearby Iron Mountain, but the views of the snowcapped Cascades are second to none. This 8.4 mile out and back hike climbs 2100' in elevation and is rated as difficult.
Details: I plan on enjoying the hike and getting in some photographs of the wildflowers and the views of all the nearby snow covered mountains. Stroll through the meadows and take a lunch at the summit. Expect this hike to take up most of your day.
Driving Directions: The trail is found at the Gate Creek Trailhead. Drive Highway 20 east of Sweet Home for 41 miles. Near milepost 68, just 2.7 miles west of the junction with Highway 126, turn south onto Hackleman Creek Road. After 1.7 miles, turn right onto gravel Road 1598 for 2.8 miles to the well marked trailhead.
Fees and Requirements: No parking fee is mentioned in the guidebook, but bring your Northwest Forest Pass, just in case. I require all hikers to carry at least 2 liters of water for this hike. Bring a small pack with your ten essentials, a packed lunch, and dress in proper clothing. I highly recommend avoiding cotton, as it does not dry as quickly as synthetics. Quick drying clothing that wicks away your body's moisture is ideal. Durable trail shoes or boots are required.
Dogs: Please, no dogs on this wildflower hike.
Contact: Matthew Howell - (541) 653-6973