Browder Ridge

A moderate, scenic hike in central Oregon's Cascades with appeal to hikers, naturalists, and photographers. It's hike of up to 8.4 miles round trip and 2,100 feet of elevation gain. Late June to early July is prime time for abundant wildflowers and many butterflies.

getting there

Drive US-20 to 41 miles east of Sweet Home and 2.4 miles west of its intersection with SR-126 and turn south onto Forest Road 2672 (Hackleman Creek Road). Drive 1.4 miles and bear right onto Forest Road 1598, and continue 2.9 miles to the Gate Creek Trailhead (3,660 ft).

on the trail

Ascending through old-growth forest and subalpine meadows to Browder Ridge with views of Cascade volcanic peaks (Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Washington), abundant early summer wildflowers and many butterflies.

Extend the hike with a short walk to a scenic viewpoint at 2.1 miles, a short walk to Browder Ridge's summit, and/or a 1-mile hike down to Heart Lake.


  • Wildflower blooms and butterflies peak during late June and July.
  • Guidebook:  Oregon's Best Wildflower Hikes, Northwest Region by George Wuerthner (Westcliffe Publishers, 2006).
  • Guidebook: 100 Hikes / Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, 3rd ed. by Willian L. Sullivan (Navillus Press 2015).
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • 5,760 ft
  • USGS Tamolitch Falls
  • USGS Echo Mountain
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