McCubbins Gulch OHV

Area Status: Open

McCubbins Gulch OHV riding area, located approximately 50 miles southeast of Portland, was first established back in the early 1960s as a favorite place for dirt bikers coming out of the Portland area. Although originally designed and laid out with dirt bikes (single track, Class 3) in mind, many of the established trails have been opened up to quads (ATVs, Class 1). 

While McCubbins doesn’t offer any off-highway opportunities for full sized 4x4s or side-by-sides over 50” in width, it does offer approximately 72 miles of Class 3 (single track) with approximately 50 miles also open to Class 1 (quads). McCubbins Campground & Day Use Area is also ATV amenable, but there are many dispersed camping sites scattered throughout the entire riding area - please use caution.
McCubbins Gulch OHV Riding Area is subject to a seasonal closure to protect winter range for elk and deer populations during the winter months. Elevation is approximately 3,000 feet.

View & download a trail map of McCubbins Gulch OHV Area.

The trail system is maintained by the help of volunteer groups: Mt. Scott Motorcycle Club and Hurricane Racing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
  • Some areas closed off due to previous years' fire damage.
Reservations: No reservations required at McCubbins Gulch Campground or Overflow Campground - first come, first served.
Fees: McCubbins Gulch Day Use & Campground, McCubbins Overflow Campground
  • Camping: $16/night for single site, $8/night for extra vehicle
  • Day use: $5/day/vehicle
McCubbins Gulch Picnic Site: No fee
Permit Info: All riders are required to have a State of Oregon Safety Education card in their possession and a current State of Oregon permit or state of reciprocity decal on their OHV. 
Oregon Parks and Recreation : All-Terrain Vehicles In Oregon : Ride ATVs : State of Oregon
Open Season: April - December
Usage: Heavy
  • Class 1 & Class 3 ATVs only
  • This OHV trail system may temporarily close during fire season. Contact the Barlow Ranger District for up-to-date conditions.
  • Trails closed 12/1 to 3/31 to help protect winter range (deer & elk). 
  • View State of Oregon Rules for OHV Use
Closest Towns: Maupin, OR
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1) at Campground
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age or Golden Access.
  • Day UseNorthwest Forest Pass may be used as a form of day use fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service & Vista Recreation
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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


OHV Camping

Recreation areas with activity OHV Camping:

McCubbin’s Campground and the Overflow Campground are also ATV amenable. There are also many dispersed camping sites scattered throughout the entire riding area.  Please see dispersed camping guidelines


OHV Trail Riding

Recreation areas with activity OHV Trail Riding:

Approximately 72 miles of class 3 (single track) with approximately 50 miles also open to Class 1 (quads)

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  Elevation : 
2800' - 3300'