8.2 miles
Distance
795 ft
Climb
-3,727 ft
Descent
01:30:38
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Dutch Flat Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Elkhorn Mountains
    Baker City, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Late Spring thru Early Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #36327 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #75011 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    U.S. Forest Service

Overview
You want rock? Maybe more rock than you can handle? Then get ready to scare yourself silly. This trail is chunky, fast, AND narrow, with tight switchbacks thrown in to keep you guessing. While the out-and-back nature of this ride can be physically demanding, it does give you the opportunity to scope the line on the way up, because it all comes at you fast (and with consequences) on the way down. Fortunately, the lower half of the trail is mellower but not any less fun, and the larch needles create a twisty, golden ribbon of drift punctuated by rocky chutes.

Route Details
To get to the trailhead, take the scenic Anthony Lakes Highway towards the ski resort. Turn left onto NF-7307 and drive back to the trailhead. You can also park at the beginning of NF-7307 if you want to be gentle to your vehicle.

You’ll begin climbing immediately, through a beautiful evergreen forest. If you’ve had the good luck to visit in the fall, you’ll be rewarded with one of the conifer forest’s most stunning sights: the soft, golden rain of falling larch needles. It is an ethereal experience, like riding through a gentle snowfall of gold gilt. Regardless of the season, you’ll be thankful that the climb starts at a reasonable grade to let your legs warm up. However, there is no hiding the fact that you’re climbing above 5,000’.

About 5.5 miles into the ride you’ll edge close to the namesake Dutch Flat Meadow, a gorgeous, remote basin with primitive campsites. Take a break to enjoy the view because you’re about to grunt up the last two miles to the top. While not necessarily steep, the final climb is narrow and rocky, adding extra challenge to the thin air.

Your destination is the intersection of the Elk Horn Crest Trail, where you’ll top out just shy of 8K’. Drop your bike and take a quick stroll along the crest to savor the stunning views that are unparalleled in the state, looking deep into central Oregon to the west and across to Idaho to the east. Once you have a sufficient amount of photos for your social media feed, it’s time to prepare yourself for the task at hand: reaping the rewards of your climb.

As you may have surmised on your way up, the descent is amazing. Chunky granite boulders reward sniper-precision line choice while the narrow tread will have you death-gripping your bars. The switchbacks come up fast and many require a rear-wheel hop to clean: no bermed-out turns here in the backcountry, my friend. If you can on-sight the descent without dabbing, you’re better than most.

While the exposed descending can be nerve-wracking fun, it ends once you hit Dutch Flat Meadow, and then you’re back on classic PNW singletrack, drifting around sweeping turns and sprinting into the rock chutes. Your legs will just start to fade as the trail ends but the memory of this ride will light up your smile for years to come.

Riding Season
Late spring through fall.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Dutch Flat mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,932 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,969 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,914 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,914 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,982 ft
  • Grade
    -6.739%
  • Grade max
    -68.105%
  • Grade min
    38.621%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,823 ft
  • Avg time
    01:30:38
  • Avg reverse time
    03:51:03
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Avg: 4.75 (8 votes)
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      Dutch Flat Trail Reports

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      Aug 27, 2023 @ 12:56pm
      Aug 27, 2023
      1 tree down I was able to cut out with my hand saw. Hero dirt through the trees!
      Oct 9, 2022 @ 11:54pm
      Oct 9, 2022
      Few trees down good fun
      Sep 11, 2022 @ 10:24am
      Sep 11, 2022
      3 trees down across trail, 1 is rideable since someone put a stone in front of it and is now boostable
      Aug 16, 2022 @ 7:49pm
      Aug 16, 2022
      Two downed trees. Water crossings are higher than past years at this time.
      Jul 9, 2022 @ 10:49pm
      Jul 9, 2022
      Quite a few downed trees, a handful sections of snowpack towards the top and general debris from winter. I heard a trail crew was going to go...
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