Horsethief Meadows

The wide, flatter area sandwiched between Bluegrass Ridge and the East Fork Hood River, just where the river and Highway 35 turn north on the southeast side of Mt Hood is known as Horsethief Meadows. There’s a legend of thieves and stolen treasure that lends to the name, and it is a beautiful section of the mountain. An old decommissioned logging road travels north through meadows and across creeks, heading paralleling the river and eventually the East Fork trail. There are some spectacular trees in the north end along the old road. I explored the meadows and up a spur road before scrambling uphill, bushwhacking to the where the 3520 weaves along the hillside on the edge of the Bluegrass Ridge Fires burn zone. The road here is covered with fallen trees and debris as a result, but heads south back to