Mother Lode Mine Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Mother Lode Mine TH

This trailhead is an access point for both Mother Lode Mine Trail (#808A) and also Independent Mine Trail (#808).  

Each of these great historic sites helps to give insight and perspective into the history from which the local towns developed.  

All of the structures are unmaintained and should only be observed from the outside. If you choose to enter them then you are doing so at your own risk.  

Take an afternoon and try to imagine yourself in the days of the past when this area was first settled.  It can be fascinating to see how far we’ve come, yet how much has stayed the same.

Click here to view a map of the Lookout Mountain trails system.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open year-round. This is not a gated facility. Access is subject to favorable weather conditions.
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: US Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Head east on Highway 126 for approximately 13 miles.

Turn right onto County Road 123 and continue for approximately 7 miles.

Stay right at the junction of Forest Service Road 22 and Forest Service Road 42.

Continue on Forest Service Road 42 for approximately 7 miles.

Turn right onto Forest Service Road 4205 and proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the end of the road.

The road ends at the parking lot for Mother Load Mine Trailhead.

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Parking Parking is available in the parking lot, and can accommodate a variety of vehicle sizes.
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