The Independent Mine Trail is an alternative to climbing the Lookout Mountain Trail to the summit of Lookout Mountain. Combine it with Lookout Mountain to create a great 8 mile high-country loop.
Start by climbing Forest Road 4205 from the Lookout/Round Mountain trailhead until you veer off to the left on Independent Mine. Once you reach the summit you can turn back down hill to the trail head, or ride the Lookout Mountain downhill to the Ochoco Forest Camp.
Late summer and early fall are the best times to ride the Ochoco Mountains. With summits around 7000′, the snow tends to last well past spring. The trails are used by hunters, hikers, and horseback riders, so plan to share the trail with others.