Cyrus Horse Camp

Redmond, Oregon

Crooked River National Grassland - USFS

Entrance to Cyrus Horse Camp

photo credits: Courtesy USFS

Trail Resources

www.fs.usda.gov-Cyrus Horse Camp

Crooked River National Grassland
813 S.W. Hwy. 97
Madras, OR 97741
541-475-9272

”Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” by Kim McCarrel

Trail Summary Data

  • General Trail Location: Central/Eastern Oregon
  • Average Trail Terrain: Mix
  • Total Trail Miles: 20+
  • Camping : Yes
  • Parking : Good
  • Restrooms : Yes
  • Potable Water : No

Description:
In 1992 this high desert horse camp was constructed with the help of volunteers amidst the remnants of an old homestead and orchard just a short distance from Haystack Reservoir. The facility is available for horse camping, standard camping, and RV camping opportunities. There are numerous trails on the Crooked River National Grassland that provide for fun and challenging horseback rides. Description courtesy USFS.

Trail Type, Distance & Elevation:
The most accessible trails from the Cyrus Horse camp are the Cole Loop and the Warner Loop trails. These loops are a part of the larger Ridge Rider Endurance Trail.

Cole Loop - 25 miles RT - Very Challenging Terrain - steep and long trail.
Warner Loop - 12.5 miles RT - Less Challenging Terrain.

These trails are open to multiple users including hikers, mountain bikes and motorized vehicles. Other trails that are a short trailer ride from Cyrus Horse Camp include: Alder Springs Road, Gray Butte, Henderson Flat, Skull Hollow Loop, and Tam-a-lau.

For detailed directions, specific trail descriptions and maps see pg. 187 ”Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” by Kim McCarrel

Season:
January (subject to weather conditions) - December (subject to weather conditions) - call ahead to verify conditions. Weather conditions can render some trails unsafe - check weather forecast and trail conditions before you ride.

Parking Access:
This campsite is easily accessible.

Camping & Corral Availability:
This facility has 5 campsites and 8 corrals.

Facilities:
Drinking water is NOT available. Amenities at the campground include - 5 standard campsites, 8 corrals, 2 hitching racks, 1 water trough, 1 manure pit, 1 wooden picnic table and 1 combination fire ring/grill per campsite, 1 vault outhouse for the campground, 1 informational signboard. Please Note: Stock water may or may not be available. Please call the Crooked River National Grasslands Office (541) 475-9272 or Ochoco National Forest Office (541) 416-6500 for verification.

Rules & Regulations:
No user fee for this area. No reservations - first come first served. Weed Free Hay required. All USFS rules and regulations apply.

Directions to Trailhead

From Hwy 97: Exit Norris Lane and go East approximately 2.5 miles Turn Right turn on Springer Rd (FS 5740) Turn Left onto Hagman Rd (FS 5750) and proceed approximately 1 mile Cyrus Horse Camp will be on the Right.

From Hwy 26: Exit and head West on Laurel Lane (FS 96) for approximately 2 miles Turn Left on FS Road 5750 (just before the cemetery) and proceed for approximately ½ mile Turn Right to stay on FS 5750 at the junction with Hagman Road (FS 5750/5760) and proceed for approximately 1.5 miles Cyrus Horse Camp will be on the Left.
Directions courtesy USFS. These driving directions are provided as a general guide only. User assumes all risk of use. Please consult the official Oregon highway map and check road conditions. Note: Google™ map below shows the general location of the camp and may not pinpoint the entrance to the campground or trail head.

 

 

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Comment Section

7 Responses

  1. PasoGirl says:

    One of our favorite places to go early Spring when other campsites have too much snow or not open/cleared yet. Also Fall is great here when hornets are in other places (no hornets here) and snow in higher elevations. Trails are out in open with high desert views from all directions. The Cole Loop is beautiful taken from East direction and there are trails to get you back to camp without having to do the whole 25 mile loop. Hard to get lost here cause you can see Grey Butte and find your way to camp. The camp is nice and roomy with beautiful sunsets. It is a FREE camp with no host so often non-horse people camping there. If camp is full, dispersed camping just past horse camp you can bring your own corrals or highline. Plenty of room. We go every Spring and often hardly anyone there. Recently water tank broken (2013) so hope they fix it. We bring our own horse water but call forestry to make sure water is available for horses.

  2. Erin says:

    is there currently stock water at Cyrus?

    • Trail Boss says:

      According to the Forest Service there should be water there. It was turned on in late May. There is a private contractor at the site who is monitoring the camp and responsible for keeping the water on. Hope this helps! NWET

  3. christy says:

    Is Cyrus horse camp right by Henderson Flat? Thanks Christy

    • Trail Boss says:

      Hi Christy. Yes, Cyrus Horse Camp is near the Henderson Flat Trail Head. The trails in this area are described in detail in Kim McCarrel’s Riding Central Oregon Trail books. She has a brand new version out and we will have it up on the website for purchase by Friday March 9th.

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