Independent Mine Trail (#808)


This 8-mile loop trail travels through old growth fir and pine thickets. As it gains elevation, it meanders through beautiful mountain meadows and reaches the top of Lookout Mountain. A shelter is located near the top. The trail follows an old road for about 0.3 miles, turns left, and descends for 4 miles back to the starting point.

This trail can also be accessed from the Mother Lode Mine Trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 4205. 

Click here for a map of the Lookout Mountain trails system.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee
Closest Towns: Prineville, Oregon
Operated By: Forest Service



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Day Hiking

Your adventure can be as short or as long as you desire by either just doing the Independent Mine Trail (#808), or adding on the Mother Lode Mine (#808A) trail to have a longer outting.


Independent Mine Trail (#808) can access a few other trails and therefore makes a good starting point for an adventure in the Backcountry.  The trails you may choose to link up with are Line Butte (#807), Lookout Mountain (#804), or Mother Lode Mine (#808A).

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  Area/Length : 
3.8 miles