11 miles
2,431 ft
-3,881 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lookout Mountain Trail


  • Riding area
    Prineville, Oregon
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Ochoco National Forest

By far the most popular trail in the Ochoco National Forest, Lookout Mountain involves a short (1.5mile-3.5mile depending on route) climb to the open summit where you will encounter 360ยบ panoramic views of Central Oregon. This is followed by one of the best descents in Oregon - 3,000' over the course of 7 miles, punctuated by two short climbs. From the summit the trail begins with a very difficult, exposed rocky descent before dropping into fast, flowy forest. This isn't your typical Central Oregon trail - be on the watch for off-camber, blind corners, and chunky rock. The dirt here stays in great shape long after many other regional trails have turned to deep sand.

This is a multi-use trail so ride cautiously and look out for equestrians and hikers.

Access Info

Several options exist. Without a shuttle, many people opt to ride up the paved NF-42 to the upper trailhead. A shuttle option can be had by driving up the NF-42 to either the first trailhead where Round Mountain Trail joins, or further up the dirt road to the upper Lookout Mountain trailhead. For an all-day epic ride connect Round Mountain trail to make an amazing 25 mile loop.

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More Stats for Lookout Mountain Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,450 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,000 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,920 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,450 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,000 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,621 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 15, 2018
Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lookout-mountain-trail-69284 trailhead (44.349070, -120.348670)
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Lookout Mountain... Trail Reports

Jul 15, 2018 @ 7:26am
Jul 15, 2018
Jun 28, 2018 @ 10:02am
Jun 28, 2018
Clear and dry accept for spring crossings.
May 6, 2018 @ 3:49pm
May 6, 2018
If done as an out and back from the bottom it's great and you can get most of the way up. If shuttling, it's still pretty snowy. Get ready to hike...
Apr 8, 2018 @ 9:59am
Apr 8, 2018
Snow Covered, Prevalent Deadfall. USFS + Volunteers will maintain this trail in Spring 2018 when snow clears.
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Lookout Mountain Trail

Routes with this trail

Round-Lookout Loop
26 miles

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Lookout Mountain 4K
0:47 | 239 | Sep 26, 2016 , Prineville
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