8.2 miles
Distance
795 ft
Climb
-3,727 ft
Descent
01:39:30
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Dutch Flat Trail

  • USFS
    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
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    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
    01:39:30
  • Avg reverse time
    03:08:01
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on Jul 24, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.7 (7 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Dutch Flat Trail Reports

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      Jul 24, 2021 @ 12:36pm
      Jul 24, 2021
      Dry, as can be expected, but no real obstacles to climb over - blowdowns have been cleared.
      Jul 11, 2021 @ 8:55pm
      Jul 11, 2021
      A dozen or so trees to climb over. Otherwise running good.
      Oct 30, 2020 @ 6:51am
      Oct 30, 2020
      A handful of fallen trees that you must climb over. And a bit of snow and ice in some of the colder spots. Overall, the trail is in fantastic...
      Sep 7, 2020 @ 8:54am
      Sep 7, 2020
      A couple of downed trees, some corners blown out, otherwise good condition.
      Nov 5, 2016 @ 6:22pm
      Nov 5, 2016
      Patches of snow at higher elevations. Lots of downed trees on the Dutch Flat side.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 17 miles avg distance
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      BikeBikeBikeMTB (Jul 15, 2017 at 20:23)
       I was surprised to read the wilderness area comment, which lead to a bit of searching. The ridge at the top of the trail appears to border the North Fork John Day Wilderness, but the trail heads east in National Forest. Should be fine.

      Here is a link that should help clarify:
      www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/umatilla/recarea/?recid=56915
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      • + 0
      gfra (Jul 13, 2020 at 13:34)
       38 trees to climb over, but worth it.
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      Elkhorn Crest : Dutch Flat Trail
      11:55 | 22 | Sep 2, 2021 , Baker City
      Dutch Flat middle
      6:12 | 111 | Jul 25, 2020 , Baker City
      Dutch Flat upper
      5:42 | 143 | Jul 25, 2020 , Baker City
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