Santiam Horse Camp

Gates, Oregon

Santiam State Forest

Santiam Horse Camp

photo credits: Adrienne Ray

Trail Resources

Oregon Department of Forestry

Santiam State Forest
22965 North Fork Rd SE
Lyons, Oregon 97358
503-859-2151

”Oregon Trails and Horse Camps” by Kim McCarrel

Portions of 7-up Trail and Radio Flyer Trail closed for forest maintenance projects until further notice.

Trail Summary Data

  • General Trail Location: Portland/Eugene Corridor
  • Average Trail Terrain:
  • Total Trail Miles: 11-20
  • Camping : Yes
  • Parking : Good
  • Restrooms : Yes
  • Potable Water : No

Description:
The Santiam Horse Camp and Day Use Area rest among the shade of Douglas-fir trees and is the starting point for a system of non-motorized trails for horses, bicycles and hikers. Trail users will travel through miles of diverse forest with clear streams and unique geological features.

This trail is maintained by the National Forest Service with the help of the Silver Falls Chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails. See the NWET Events Calendar for work party events in this area.

Trail Type, Distance & Elevation:
The trails accessible from the Santiam Horse Camp are part of the Monument Peak Trail System. The system has approximately 12 miles of trails and is growing. New trails are under construction. These trails are multi-use for equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers. Roads in this area are also actively used for logging activities - use caution when driving or riding on logging roads.

Named trails accessible from the camp include:

Skull Creek Trail
Wild Boar Trail
Radio Flyer Trail
7-Up Trail
Rabbit Hole Trail
Coyote Rock Trail
Finders Keepers Trail
Mud Creek Canyon Trail
Rhody Ridge Trail
PIne Trail


Individual trails may be closed at any time due to active forest management operations, ongoing project work, or to prevent trail damage. Be sure to check trail signs and forest information boards as well as the Santiam State Forest Website for trail updates.

Trails are accessible from two locations, the horse camp and Monument Peak Road (see Directions). Other trails and access points abound in this region - see also Sheep Springs Horse Camp and Santiam Pass Trails for additional trail riding opportunities in this region.

Elevation 1,300 to 2,600 feet MSL

For detailed directions, specific trail descriptions and maps see pg. 201 ”Oregon Trails and Horse Camps” by Kim McCarrel If you are an OET member, see also OET 2011 Guidebook Favorite Trails Section pg. 57. Not a member? Joint OET.
For more details and trail maps see the Oregon Department of Forestry Website.

Season:
The camp is generally open May through October. Weather conditions can render some trails unsafe - check weather forecast and trail conditions before you ride. The camp will open on May 23, 2013.

Parking Access:
All but one of the horse camp-sites are back-in. Day-use parking is also available near the horse camp. Parking is available for multiple rigs at the horse camp day area and the Monument Peak Road day use area.

Camping & Corral Availability:
The Santiam Horse Camp has nine horse camping spots each with corrals for four horses. The campground also has two walk-in tent sites. All of the horse sites are back-in sites.

Facilities:
Facilities at the campground include a picnic shelter, hitching posts, rest rooms, manure bins and stock water. No drinking water is available.

Rules & Regulations:
See Oregon Department of Forestry for rules and restrictions. Fees applicable to campsites and extra vehicles. No reservations - first come first served.

Directions to Trailhead

From Salem take Highway 22 eastbound 30 miles until you reach the town of Gates. Turn right (south) onto Horeb Road and drive about 300 feet. Turn left from Horeb Road onto Sorbin Street. Drive .3 miles through Gates crossing the river until you reach Gates School Road. Turn right (west) on Gates School Road and drive 1.1 miles until you reach Henness Lane. Turn left (east) at Henness Lane. Pavement ends and becomes gravel road. This is the Monument Peak Road and day-use parking area for access to the Monument Peak Trail System. Drive 1.1 miles up Monument Peak Road until you reach Xmas Tree Road. Turn right (west) on Xmas Tree Road. Drive .3 miles to Santiam Horse Camp.

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: the Google map below shows the general location of the camp and may not pinpoint eht entrance to the campground or trail head.

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  1. Bonnie Saikkonen says:

    How long are the camp sites? My LQ horse trailer is 34 feet long, and with a truck in front is probably 40′. Will the horse camp site accomodate that size? Or will parking the trailer and the truck side be side work? Thanks for answering my questions. Bonnie

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