Lookout Mountain Lower Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is the easiest access to a long trail system on the Ochoco National Forest.

The roads are paved the entire way from Prineville and are even cleared during the winter months.

This trailhead provides access to Lookout Mountain Trail (#804), which offers a variety of terrain for hiking, mountain biking and horses, as well as some fantastic views of the Ochoco Mountains.  

Since this is the lower access point to the trail you will be heading uphill most of the way if you start here. It's great for folks looking for a more challenging hike.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open year-round. This is not a gated facility.
Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees This is a free facility.
Restrictions: This is a Day-Use only facility.  No overnight camping is permitted at trailheads or Sno-Parks on the Ochoco National Forest or Crooked River National Grassland.
Closest Towns: Prineville, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Take Highwy 26 East for 13 miles.

Turn right onto County Road 123 and continue for approximately 7.5 miles.

Lookout Mountain Lower Trailhead will be on your right, just before the junction of Forest Service Road 22 and Forest Service Road 42, directly across the road from Ochoco Ranger Station.

Parking is available at a turn-out in front of the trailhead or across the street.

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