Coast Horse Trails, Herman Cape Mountain, Florence

Directions: 5 miles North of Florence,Or on Highway 101.  Turn right on Herman Peak Road, travel 3 miles to Dry Lake Trailhead.

Trail Information: The "Horse Trails" are 16 miles of single track forest trails in the Coast Range.  The system is well maintained by both the Forest Service and local horse riding clubs. There are maps at all of the major trail intersections. Maps are also available at the Forest Service office in North Florence. The trail is considered easy to moderately difficult with two small creek crossings. A two mile uphill climb of about 500-600 feet of gain out of Berry Creek and several moderate climbs make it an interesting run.  From a historic site atop Herman Peak, the site of a 1930's Fire Lookout, you get a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The trail has several inner loops. The complete trail covers Old Growth Rain Forest to reforested area of 5 to 50 years old.  Numerous wildlife species including Elk, Deer, Black Bear, Coyote and many bird varieties are present.
There are two trailheads, one at Dry Lake, the other, Horse Creek 2.4 miles NW.  Both have restrooms and camp sites but water is "for horses only".  There are also miles of gravel roads with little traffic if you want another option.

Miscellaneous Information: After a challenging run on the trail, head for the beach and experience miles of sand dunes and flat sandy beach.  Florence is the heart of the Central Oregon Coast and offers a multitude of outdoor activities.
Hot weather is RARE, so it is a good place to train in the summer.

Jim Archer