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Whispering Pine Horse Camp

You’ve just completed a wonderful ride into the Three Sisters Wilderness – a ride that included lava flows, alpine lakes, and spectacular mountain views.  Now you’re back at Whispering Pine Horse Camp.  The horses are fed, you’ve finished a nice dinner, and you’re relaxing beside your campfire listening to the evening breeze gently rustle the tall ponderosa pines around your campsite.  “Hmmm,” you think to yourself.  “I bet that’s where this horse camp got its name.”

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

Despite the fact that Whispering Pine is only 10 miles west of the town of Sisters, this horse camp has a pleasant away-from-it-all feel.  The wind whispering through the trees just adds to the ambiance.  And Whispering Pine offers access to some very nice riding on trails inside and outside of the wilderness.

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

The Riding

While there is a lot of riding out of Whispering Pine, there aren’t any officially-designated trails that lead out of the camp.  Instead, you’ll follow unsigned forest roads to reach your lower-elevation destinations or to reach the nearby trailheads that will take you into the Three Sisters Wilderness.  While this may sound a bit daunting, don’t worry -- all of the routes are easy to follow if you have a map.

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

Here’s a sampling of the rides you can do from Whispering Pine Horse Camp:

Follow a decommissioned forest road to Millican Crater Trailhead and do a fabulous 16-mile loop through the Three Sisters Wilderness that will take you over Scott Pass, past North and South Matthieu Lakes, along several impressive lava flows, and around the base of Millican Crater. 

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

Follow a decommissioned forest road to the Scott Pass Trailhead and complete a delightful 9-mile loop that crosses Alder and Trout Creeks and then connects with the Millican Crater Trail for the return leg.

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

Follow forest roads to Sisters Cow Camp, a lower-elevation 11-mile out-and-back ride that offers expansive views where it runs through the area burned by the Black Crater fire.

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

Follow forest roads to the summit of Trout Creek Butte. This 10-mile ride provides good views (including North Sister) on the way up and down the butte, but the forested summit of the cinder cone has no views – other than the base of the fire lookout that towers above the treetops.

Whispering Pine Horse Camp

The Camping

Whispering Pine Horse Camp has nine sites, each with newly-renovated 4-horse corral.  All sites have room for two vehicles.  One site has pull-through parking and the rest are back-in.  All sites have fire pits and picnic tables.  Vault toilet, manure bin, garbage cans.  The camp has no drinking water, but stock water is available from Trout Creek, which runs along the west side of the horse camp.  Whispering Pine doesn't allow day-use parking, but day riders can drive through the camp to turn around and then park on the side of Road 1520.

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