Powder River Interpretive Trail #1613

Accessible paved trail near the Powder River along a stream

The Powder River Interpretive Trail is located in the Powder River Recreation Area below Phillips Lake. This accessible trail can be reached from the upper and lower Powder River Trailhead parking areas (see directions below). This unique facility provides easy access to the outdoors through trails connected by bridges on both sides of the river. Anglers may fish for trout from two platforms or the two bridges. Hikers and wildlife viewers can experience a closeness to nature while resting on the riverside benches, or learning more about the site from the 2 interpretive sites. Wildflowers are plentiful in June and July.

 Difficulty level:

  • The northside trail along the highway is a paved accesible trail within an 'easy' level.
  • The southside trail is a gravel non-accessible trail with a 'moderate' level.

Trail overview and map (138 KB)

For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: No fees are required for this site.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The trail is closed to horses, bicycles and motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (16 miles)
Restroom: Vault toilet at upper parking area
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


The northern section of this trail is accessible.


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 15 miles; The trailhead for this site is in 2 sections - an upper parking area and a lower parking area.

The lower parking area is adjacent to Highway 7, and the upper parking area can be reached by going another 1/2 mile up the highway and turning left on Forest Road 1145. Travel 0.3 miles on Forest Road 1145 to the upper parking area.

Both parking areas are connected by the trail. 


River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Interpretive Areas


Interpretive Site: Along trail
Picnic tables: At upper parking area
Parking: Upper and lower paved parking areas
Toilets: Accessible vault toilet at upper parking area
Accessible: Vault toilet, parking area and fishing platform

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