May 3rd VVR is having a work party to clear trails at Tryon Creek Stae Natural Area. Work will be on trail repair and water mitigation along the North Looop connector trail. Begin at 9 AM meeting int he horse trail parking area and finish by noon. Plese bring work gloves all other necessary gear will be provided.
Pulled this updated information from an email: Just returned from 3 night stay at Whispering Pines HC and had a great trip. Insects were no problem and the trails were open. Rode to Black Crater Lake for the first time. The lake and the view of the Three Sisters is beautiful. I have gps way points for the Black Crater Lake trail it saves a good mile or more compared to riding the road. I was surprised how many people in camp had never heard of Black Crater Lake. It was less than 8 miles out and back.
Easy to drive to. No fees or reservations. Surveyor's Ridge Trail either way. Newly flagged loop trails out of camp, but tread not finished.
No corrals except for two stalls at the host site. First come, first serve, very popular with hikers or people who just want to camp and take a little walk in the woods. Do not recommend, especially for this time of year. PCT and Herman Creek Trails both have hard climbs out of the Columbia River Gorge.
Riding on the PCT either way and some other trails. Depending on where you are coming from you could pick off some of the riding out of the Frog Lake parking lot on your way.
Two excellent horse camps built by OET. Both have reservation and walk-in. PCT either way. Loop around lake. Other riding. This is the best pick for camping/riding. Nothing particulary difficult. There are some long boardwalks. Best to make a reservation at Joe Graham HC or Clackamas Lake HC.