Dutch Flat Trailhead

Parking area at Dutch Flat Trailhead

Dutch Flat Trailhead is a small rustic site which accesses the Dutch Flat Creek basin and the North Fork John Day Wilderness. Trail #1607 begins at the trailhead. The site has a stock loading ramp and hitching rails.

Between Van Patten Butte and Twin Mountain, Dutch Flat Trail follows the creek gradually ascending through a forest of spruce, larch, ponderosa and lodgepole pine to Dutch Flat Meadow. The long meadow offers secluded campsites along the edges. From here the trail climbs steadily to Dutch Flat lake. The trail continues and switchbacks across a rocky slope passing small subalpine meadows to reach the Elkhorn Crest Trail #1611 at Dutch Flat Saddle. Looking over the sheer east edge of the mountain crest Dutch Flat Lake can be seen on the basin below.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: No fees or passes are required at this site.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (28 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, OR head north on Highway 30 toward Haines approximately 10 miles; In Haines turn left and follow the Anthony Lake Highway signs (road turns into Forest Road 73 at forest boundary) for about 15.5 miles to the Forest Road 7307;  Turn left on Forest Road 7307 and go about 1.5 miles to end of road where trailhead is located.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking


Access for Dutch Flat Creek Trail #1607.

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