Phillips Lake Southern Bike & XC Ski Trails

There are several dual purpose summer and winter trails located south of Phillips Lake that offer a variety of recreation opportunities. In the winter these trails are open for cross country (XC) skiers and snowshoers, and during the spring, summer and fall they are used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrian riders. The trails include: Deer Lick Trail #1636, Coyote Cove #1637, Rimrock Trail #1638, and Jeep Ride Trail #1639.  The main access for these trails is from the Phillips Lake South Shoreline Trail #1610.  The trails travel through open ponderosa pine and fir forests with occasional views of Phillips Lake. 

The Phillips Lake XC Ski and Snowshoe Area Trail page has maps, difficulty levels and other access information about the trails during the winter, and the Phillips Lake Trails page has maps and access information for the spring- fall months.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: No fees or passes are required for these trails.
Open Season: December (ski); June (bike)
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for these developed recreation sites. The trails are closed year-round to motor-vehicle use.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (18 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 16.5 miles to the Black Mountain Road (also known as Forest Road 1145); This road junction is before the top of the hill; Turn left on Forest Road 1145 going about 0.5 miles and crossing Mason Dam; Once across the southern end of the dam, park on the left side of the road near the information board; The trailhead parking area for the Phillips Lake South Shoreline Trail (#1610) is on the left near an information board; The trails can be accessed  from the #1610 trail.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Related Information

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Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.2 miles (4 trails)

  Elevation : 
4270 feet