Phillips Lake Mountain Bike Trails

Phillips Lake is about a 25 minute drive from Baker City, and offers several trail entry points around the lake. There are plenty of of other recreation opportunities for the whole family. Union Creek is the main campground on the north side of the lake, on the left from the highway a few miles past the dam. This campground offers full hook-ups for RVs, boat ramps, car camping, and several amenties. Drive on to the inlet at the end of the lake and take a left on Hudspeth Ln to find other campgrounds, Southwest Shores C.G. and Millers C.G.. These are paid campgrounds too, although the second one has a couple non-paid spots at the entrance. You also may be able to turn off Hudspeth Lane into a rocky area near the trail for some free camping. There are also some other free primitive camp spots near the dam and a few other places around the lake. All campgrounds and roads around the lake have trail entrance points.

Shoreline Trail at Phillips Lake

Season: March - November

The most beginner of true singletrack trails in the entire region is offered up by Phillips Lake in the form of the Shoreline Trail. This trail hugs the shoreline around the entire lake, offering fantastic views and full-throttle riding. Other than the rocky section at the west end (which can be bypassed) any inexperienced rider will enjoy a positive first singletrack riding experience on this trail. More experienced riders will enjoy ripping it and taking advantage of the more difficult spur trails. The surface is mostly smooth-packed dirt with some gravel on some sections of the trail. Th...
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Twin Lakes Trail #1633 (Elkhorns) MTB Loop

Season: July-September

Props to the Forest Service for the gumption to list Twin Lakes as a mountain bike trail. Most people wouldn't consider it on a bike. It is gnarly, awesome, and beautiful. For the brave and expert rider, try this awesome challenge as a downhill for a true wilderness and alpine feel, yet legally endorsed by the national government for bike use.

The Twin Lakes Trail is only 5 miles long with about 4.5 miles of good riding, but the quality is so good it is worth getting up there. It would be difficult to climb the trail on a bike because of the rockiness and constant obstacles, but as ...
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Rimrock Trail

Season: April - November

This cross-country ski trail mainly consists of fire roads and some singletrack. The route shown here is counter clockwise, which offers a moderately long climb on mostly roads and a rocky descent on a mix of singletrack and road. Either direction should be fun. The trail isn't very technically challenging, but is very rough and rocky in sections so moderate to expert riders in good physical condition should enjoy it.

The route is very well marked with blue diamonds, making it very easy to follow. There does appear to be an established singletrack shortcut near the top of the climb,...
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Indian Rock Trail

Season: April - December

This is simple and short, moderately-difficult trail that climbs up to an overlook. It travels across Union Creek Rd. and then climbs across the mountain and makes one switchback to climb up to the overlook. The terminus of the trail is indistinct, but you'll know you are there when the trail disappears into a pile of rocks with a good view of the lake. The out-and-back is a good dig from the Phillips Shoreline Trail that is worth the view. The climb is a steady 8-10% gradient the entire way up. There is a way to loo...
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