Lookout Mountain Tr804

3D view of Lookout Mtn Trail

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 7

Technical: 4

Steepness: 6

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 100%

Located just east of Prineville, Lookout Mountain Tr804 offers a great late summer loop ride, ascending to the highest peak in the Ochoco Mountains.




Avg: 19mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:4500'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 4hr






XC Skiing

Independent Mine Tr808 and lower Lookout Mountain Tr804 are suitable for backcountry XC Ski, with a winter shelter near the Lookout Mountain summit.

The Walton Lake Sno-Park is located at the intersection with FR135 and extends north and east of the lake. Walton SnoPark Map

View of Lookout Mountain Trail near North Point

The ride starts at the Ochoco Ranger Station, ascending FR42 and Independent Mine Tr808 to the upper Lookout Mountain Tr804 TH, descending the northeast side of Lookout Mountain.

Offering a great view of the Cascade range, the upper sections of Lookout Mountain are marshland meadows, prone to flooding and high enough to be covered in snow till late Spring.

Lookout Mountain is managed as a semi-primitive area. The spring melt occurs sooner than in the Cascade range.

Accessible from a side path, the Lookout Mountain summit has the foundation remnants of the old lookout, in the middle of a sagebrush meadow (yellow balsamroot, blue larkspur, lupine and red scarlet gilia) that runs the length of Lookout Mountain.

Just downhill from the intersection with Independent Mine Tr808 is a log winter sports shelter with fireplace.

Do not explore the Motherlode mine or mine tailing areas due to hazardous conditions. Baneberry Tr812 offers a short hike to an abandoned miners camp.

COTA has an agreement with the forest service to maintain Lookout and Round Mountain Trails.

Directions: See Map. Use the ranger station parking area or park at the TH. Go on SR26 through Prineville, then go 16mi to CR23 (Ochoco Cr Rd) and continue 8mi to the TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Lookout Mountain upper TH intersection with Independent Mine Trail Lookout Mountain Trail, Independent Mine Trail Topo Map Lookout Mountain meadow

Loop Directions

a motherlode of climbing

Lookout Mountain Area Topo Map

  • TH: Go left from the parking area on CR23 (Ochoco Ranger Rd), Past the lower Lookout Mountain Tr804 TH, to FR42 (Canyon Creek Rd).
  • 0.3mi: Go right onto FR42 and ascend 6.6mi to FR4205. Ascend the road or Independent Mine Tr808 to the Motherload Mine upper parking area.
  • 7.7mi: Cross the road and find the Independent Mine Tr808 TH and parking area. Ascend the trail to the upper Lookout Mountain Tr804 intersection, crossing Brush Creek along the way, passing the Line Butte Tr807 on the left at 11.3mi.
  • 11.8mi: Pass the Lookout Mountain Tr804 intersection and continue on Lookout Mountain Tr804. Cross the meadows to North Point.
  • 13mi: Descend the steep grade from North Point, then ascend Duncan Butte at 15.6mi.
  • 16.1mi: Pass the Duncan Butte summit and descend to the lower TH. Sections of the trail are narrow and require speed control.



Trail Index

This Ride

Independent Mine Trail 808, Lookout Mountain Trail 804


Baneberry Trail 812, Line Butte Tr807, Line Butte Tie Tr807A, Motherlode Mine Tr808A


Canyon Creek Campground, Ochoco Campground, Walton Lake Campground


Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge






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