If you're a horseback rider and you haven't ridden at Silver Falls State Park, you're missing out! With more than 25 miles of horse-friendly trails, a well-appointed horse camp, a large day-use parking area, and over 9,000 acres of beautiful forest to enjoy, Silver Falls is an equestrian delight.
And the Buck Mountain Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park -- for good reason. It's a fun 8.5-mile loop that runs through verdant forest as it explores the flanks of its namesake mountain.
The trail is shared with hikers and mountain bike riders, but the tread is nice and wide and lines of sight are good. The trail is well maintained, and its elevation changes are moderate.
The trail junctions all have signposts with “You Are Here” maps, so you (or your horse if he carefully examines the map) can easily find your way.
The beautiful forest is a highlight of the Buck Mountain Loop. And the old-growth trees are epic. Don't miss this ride!
You'll find more information about the Buck Mountain Loop and the other trails at Silver Falls State Park in Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, available at www.NWHorseTrails.com.