Powder River Trailhead

Area Status: Closed
Paved river trail with 2 interpretive signs

The Powder River Trailhead is located in the Powder River Recreation Area below Phillips Lake. This accessible recreation site is divided into an upper and a lower trailhead parking area (see directions below). Visitors have easy access to the outdoors on the Powder River Interpretive Trail #1613 connected by bridges on both sides of the river. Anglers may fish for trout from two platforms or the two bridges along the trail. Hikers and wildlife viewers can experience a closeness to nature while resting on the riverside benches, or learning more about the site from the two interpretive sites. Wildflowers are plentiful in June and July.

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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
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)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet in upper parking area
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 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.


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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Interpretive Areas


Interpretive Site: 2 panels in lower area
Picnic tables: In upper area
Parking: Upper and lower areas for cars and RVS
Toilets: Vault toilet in upper area
Accessible: Parking, trails, vault toilets

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