If you live in the Portland metro area and you’ve never been to the Flying M Ranch, you are truly missing out!
A family-run operation since 1970, the Flying M Ranch offers horse camping and easy access to dozens of miles of beautiful forested trails.
Flying M Ranch is nestled between tall, wooded ridges on the east slope of Oregon’s Coast Range, just west of the town of Yamhill. You’ll have fun exploring the Ranch’s extensive network of trails on the Ranch’s land and adjacent Weyerhauser property. (Part of the fee you pay to ride here goes to Weyerhauser to compensate them for the use of their land.)
The hills are crisscrossed by logging roads, which are connected by single-track trails, allowing you to create loops of whatever length you like. The Flying M doesn’t offer any trails maps, so pick a trail and explore. You can’t get lost – simply head downhill, and you’ll soon arrive at the Flying M Road, which leads directly back to the ranch.
Depending on which trails you pick, you may cross the North Yamhill River or its tributary creeks. You may ride up onto Trask Mountain or Kutch One Mountain, or to a pretty waterfall, a bat house, or a scenic viewpoint. You’ll travel through clear-cuts, through tree plantations of varying ages, and through dense stands of mature Douglas-fir, big leaf maple, alder, and cedar trees. Regardless of which trails you choose, you’ll ride somewhere beautiful.
And if you don’t have your own horse, the Flying M offers guided rides on their horses. Don’t miss this delightful place!
The Flying M offers cabins for rent, as well as campsites where you can highline your horse or put up a portable corral or electric fence. The ranch also offers one set of 4-horse corrals and one oversized corral. Stock water is available from nearby Petch Creek. Portable toilets are available. Fee for overnight camping or day riding.
You’ll find more information about the trails at the Flying M Ranch in Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.