Social Security Point Trailhead

Trailhead toilet building and parking area in pine trees

The Social Security Point Trailhead is located in an open ponderosa pine forest above the northern shore of Phillips Lake. Although the area is used by many visitors, it is also a trailhead for the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608 which goes west to the upper end of the lake, or east back towards Union Creek Campground and Mason Dam Boat Launch.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees: No fees or passes are required for this site.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (20 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 20 miles to Forest Road 300; The entrance to the trailhead is signed on the left side of the highway; Travel down Forest Road 300 for 0.5 miles to the trailhead near the toilet building; The Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail #1608 goes east or west from this area.

Advisory: The forest road from Highway 7 to the trailhead is not plowed yet is still driveable most of the winter for high clearance vehicles with four-wheel drive or traction tires.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

On the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail # 1608

Day Hiking

On the Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail # 1608

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The Phillips Lake North Shoreline Trail # 1608 is also designated and signed for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.


Parking: Undesignated parking area
Toilets: Vault toilet

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4150 feet