So much for my grand plans on “live blogging” the Oregon, Northern California and back trip.Trying to visit as many horse camps as possible in such a short amount of time made it quite a challenge to upload data the few times we had good cell coverage on the route.
At any rate it was a grand adventure with visits to nine horse camps in Oregon and California. Too bad the weather wasn’t cooperative, I think we pulled Seattle’s weather along with us, we had rain and or snow every day
The first stop was at the Northrup Creek Camp in the Clatsop State Fores
t. We were the only horsemen here and indeed I think the weather kept other horse folks away for most of the trip as we only saw other equestrian users twice once at Nahalem Bay
and then again in CA at the Cuneo horse camp
On the way south we hugged the coast line and really enjoyed Oregon’s easy to access and wonderfully maintained equestrian designated camps that are practically on the beach. Nehalem Bay
- Wild Mare
– Bullards Beach
– Cape Blanco
Once we got into California we stayed at the Cuneo horse camp in Humboldt State Park
and saw some incredibly huge, and ancient, giant redwoods; very impressive! Cuneo
isn’t terribly dog friendly however, as dogs are not allowed on any trails and neither are they permitted to stay in camp unattended. The stay at camp rule appeared to be pretty much ignored.
From Cuneo we headed inland and up into the Trinity Alps and visited the USFS’s Bridge Camp near Trinity Lake
. Very nice and access to the PCT is nearby. Very nifty to think about riding and working on the same trail, only a thousand miles to the north!
From Bridge Camp
we ventured further east and then north back to Oregon and then to the Chief Paulina Horse Camp in the Newberry Volcanic Monument
. Memorial Day is a bit too early to visit here. Rather than fight 4 plus feet of snow we dispersed camped below the snow line.
All in all it was a great experience and we’re looking forward to doing a couple more of these over the summer.