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Lookout Mountain Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
10.9 miles
Elevation
3793'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Robert Rekward July 17, 2017 at 8:45 amTrail is riding great. Saturday the 22nd is a trail running event on Lookout and Round Mountains. Click for more information: Ochoco Trail Runs.
  • Travis Holman July 15, 2017 at 8:56 amAll clear! Big thanks to Rick Dethman for going up Friday and getting the last two biggies off the trail.
  • Mark Simila June 24, 2017 at 5:16 amRode up from the lower trailhead and back down on 6/19. Trail is in great shape minus the 2 big downed trees. Watch out for ticks in the upper grassy areas.
  • Natalie Herse June 22, 2017 at 7:52 pmPerfection. Abundant, gorgeous wildflowers. 2 big trees down on the descent. Have fun.
  • Joe Myers June 1, 2017 at 9:37 amreport from FS: Lookout Mountain Trail is snow free and logged out from Ochoco Ranger Station (42 road) for the first three miles. Significant snow still covers the trails above the upper trailhead.
  • Travis Holman May 1, 2017 at 8:23 amFYI Ochoco NFS is expecting no earlier than July 1 for Lookout to be clear this year, based on current snow depths.
  • Travis Holman November 4, 2016 at 12:46 pmAbsolutely primo right now. Can't last much longer.
 

Trail Description

The Lookout Mountain Trail could easily be one of the best sustained downhill trails in Central Oregon. From the summit, the trail drops about 3500′ in 7 miles. The first few miles are rough, rocky, and technical (check out the photos on this page). As you descend the trail becomes faster and more flowy with just a few short uphill punches.

Of course there’s more to the Lookout Mountain Trail than just riding down it. Most riders will climb (or shuttle) Canyon Creek Road to the trailhead. Another “all day epic ride” option is to summit both Round Mountain and Lookout Mountain as a big loop. The lower sections of Lookout Mountain (near the Ochoco Forest Camp trailhead) can be climbed fairly easily, but going up the summit section is a challenge. Some people just hate riding roads!

The Summit of lookout is has some spectacular views. The terrain is very open at the top with few trees so you get views in all directions. The biggest view is off the steep dropoff to the South.

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.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Lookout Mountain

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  1. Trail is riding great. Saturday the 22nd is a trail running event on Lookout and Round Mountains. Click for more information: Ochoco Trail Runs.

  2. Travis Holman says:

    All clear! Big thanks to Rick Dethman for going up Friday and getting the last two biggies off the trail.

  3. Mark Simila says:

    Rode up from the lower trailhead and back down on 6/19. Trail is in great shape minus the 2 big downed trees. Watch out for ticks in the upper grassy areas.

  4. Natalie Herse says:

    Perfection. Abundant, gorgeous wildflowers. 2 big trees down on the descent. Have fun.

  5. Joe Myers says:

    report from FS: Lookout Mountain Trail is snow free and logged out from Ochoco Ranger Station (42 road) for the first three miles. Significant snow still covers the trails above the upper trailhead.

  6. Travis Holman says:

    FYI Ochoco NFS is expecting no earlier than July 1 for Lookout to be clear this year, based on current snow depths.

  7. Travis Holman says:

    Absolutely primo right now. Can’t last much longer.

  8. Chris Sheppard says:

    Snow pretty much melted – trail draining nicely!

  9. Travis Holman says:

    All clear.

    1. Heidi H-P says:

      Looks like in your second to last post you rode the middle, steep climb. Is that the one you rode again or did you ride perhaps from the ranger station, up road 42, clockwise up independent mine trail 808, and down lookout mountain trail 804?

      1. Travis Holman says:

        This time we actually drove up NF160 to 4800′ to where it nears the LOM trail and rode/pushed up to the summit from there with the saw in tow, clearing the last trees on the upper half. We went back down to our vehicle at NF160, but reports are that LOM (right trail) and Motherlode Mine (center trail) from the upper trailhead is clear,however Independent Mine Trail has not yet been cleared (scheduled to happen soon though).

  10. Travis Holman says:

    Rode Lookout from the upper trailhead via the middle, steep climb trail (shown on this map as Lookout Mountain Rd). About a dozen trees on the climb up to the summit, and another dozen on the upper half of the downhill. Trees are cleared after the first climb on the way down to the ranger station. Small snow patches but not an issue, should be totally gone in a matter of days.

  11. Travis Holman says:

    Third-hand reports that trees and snow are clear at least on the section between the summit and ranger station. Hopefully be able to report back first-hand soon.

  12. Kevin Donnelly says:

    Has anyone tried riding up from the old ranger station? How far up can you get and how many trees?

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