Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608

Bike trail in the pine trees near a lake

The Phillips Lake North Shore trail traverses the northern banks of Phillips Reservoir connecting Mason Dam Boat Launch, Union Creek Campground, Social Security Point, Mowich Loop to a western access point near Hudspeth Lane. Throughout the year trail users will encounter outstanding views while traveling through young growth ponderosa pine forests, grasslands, meadows and historic rock dredge piles bordering the reservoir. Numerous coves and inlets provide opportunities for viewing waterfowl, shorebirds and deer. As a year-round facility, visitors can enjoy the trail for hikes, on their mountain bikes or on cross-country skis. This trail is one of several mountain bike, hiking and equestrian trails that is found in the Phillips Lake Trail system.

Advisory: The westernmost portion of the trail past Mowich Loop Picnic Area may be underwater in the early Spring when the reservoir is at its fullest.

Difficulty level: Although there are some short sections with moderate grades, the trail is at an 'easy to more difficult' level.

Maps: The Phillips Lake North Shore trail overview and map (210 KB) provides a quick one page overview of the trail, the facilities and directions on how to get there. The Phillips Lake Trail map (1.2 Mb, PDF) shows more details for the northern and southern trails around the lake and adjacent area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Fees: No fees are required for this site.
Open Season: May
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. The trail is closed to motorized vehicle use.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (18 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


Eastern side:  From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 17 miles to the Mason Dam Boat Launch road (also shown as Forest Road 200); Turn left off Highway 7 and go down about 0.3 miles to the Mason Dam Boat Launch; The trail begins on the slope above the toilet.  This is the eastern access point.

Western side: You can also access the trail near the upper end of Phillips Lake; To get to this western access point, travel south from Baker City on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for about 22 miles to Hudspeth Road located at the upper end of the lake; Turn left off of Highway 7 on Hudspeth Road and go 0.5 miles to a large gravel parking area on your left; Go around the circular parking area and look for a small wood trail sign; The trail begins on the northern side of the parking area going through the rock dredge piles and eventually along the lake.

Some visitors also access the middle of the trail at Mowich Loop Picnic Area, Social Security Point Trailhead or Union Creek Campground. There is a day-use fee when parking at Union Creek campground during the Summer-Fall months


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This trail is also designated and signed for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.6 miles

  Elevation :