Lookout Mountain Trail For Mountain Biking

The 31st most popular mountain bike trail in Oregon.

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Near Prineville in the Ochoco National Forest, the Lookout Mountain Trail (#804) is a 7.5 miles one way trek. The trail is steep with some log waterbars. Near the 6 mile point on the trail, the mountain bike rider will encounter loose shale and steep drop-offs and it is recommended you walk your bike through this section. Lookout Mountain area, being closed to motorized vehicles, offers challenging wilderness-like opportunities utilizing a closed road and developed trail system. . The trail head is located at Ochoco Ranger Station on FS Road 22, however, the route can be accessed from several points and ridden as a short day trip, a long day trip or an overnighter. Using Walton Lake Campground as a base camp, there is a good mountain bike ride up the Round Mountain Trail (805) to the Independent Mine and up to the Lookout Mountain summit. A mountain bike rider may elect to camp and explore the top of Lookout Mountain or continue on the route following the Lookout Mountain Trail (804) to Ochoco Ranger Station and Campground. This section has come challenging rocky areas and receives only minor hiking and horseback use. The return to Walton Lake is along a paved road, Forest Road 22. Other alternatives for riding Lookout Mountain include shuttling bikes to the Independent Mine and riding the Lookout Trail back to the Ochoco Ranger Station; or, starting at the Ochoco Ranger Station, mountain bike ride Forest Road 42 (paved) to the Independent Mine road, then to the summit and back down the trail to the ranger station.

Overall, Lookout Mountain Trail is the 31st most popular mountain bike trail of all 56 mountain biking rides in Oregon. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Lookout Mountain Trail including Green Mountain Trail, Summit Trail, Cougar Creek Trail, Mt. Pisgah/Indian Praire Trail, Rock Creek Trail and Round Mountain TrailSpanish Peak.


Local Contact(s):  ONF (503) 416-6500; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Walton Lake C.G.

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  7/27/2016

ID:  6391


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