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Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

Southern Oregon’s Hyatt Lake Recreation Area is a fun destination for equestrians.  From Hyatt Lake Horse Camp, you can ride north and south on the Pacific Crest Trail, exploring the fascinating Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the Wildcat Hills, Green Springs Mountain, and the southern end of Howard Prairie Lake.Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

Hyatt Lake Horse Camp has a pretty impressive view: Mt. McLaughlin reflected in the lake.

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument covers the area where the Cascades, Siskiyous, and Klamath Mountains converge.  The Monument boasts remarkable biological diversity.  Over 3,500 plant and animal species live there, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

A stand of Douglas-firs along the PCT near Hyatt Lake.

As you ride the PCT in either direction, you’ll travel through mixed-conifer forest, stands of old-growth Douglas-firs, open prairies, and groves of oaks.Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

The PCT runs through stands of oak trees.

When you ride north, you’ll enjoy expansive views from the Wildcat Hills Overlook, and you can visit the south end of Howard Prairie Lake.Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

On the PCT south of Hyatt Lake.

When you ride south, you’ll ride by Little Hyatt Reservoir and Green Springs Mountain.  You can also ride cross country.Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

Expansive prairies dot the landscape near Hyatt Lake.

Facilities

Hyatt Lake Horse Camp has day-use parking and five campsites with one corral each, though the corrals are large enough to hold two horses.  The camp also has a vault toilet, picnic tables, and fire rings.  The horse camp doesn’t have any stock water, and while the camp is adjacent to Hyatt Reservoir, the lake shore at times is too boggy to be a water source for your horse.  You’ll want to bring stock water or bring lidded containers that you can fill at Wildcat Campground, the family camping area 0.3 mile away.Hyatt Lake Recreation Area

Hyatt Lake Horse Camp has corrals, but no stock water.

Getting There

From I-5 in Ashland, take Exit 14 and drive east on Hwy. 66 toward Emigrant Lake.  In 1 mile, turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Road.  Between mileposts 17 and 18, turn right on Hyatt Prairie Road. Drive 10.5 miles and turn left on East Hyatt Lake Road.  After the Recreation Area entrance booth, stay to the right and continue 1.7 miles, then turn left at the sign for Wildcat Campground.  In 100 feet, veer left to reach the horse camp.

More Information

Learn more about the trails near Hyatt Lake in Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2017).  Available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.

Reprinted with permission from Northwest Rider Magazine, August, 2017.

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