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.