Southeast Shore Phillips Lake Trailhead

Woman walking near truck in large dirt trailhead with lake in background

The Southeast Shore Phillips Lake Trailhead is a small minimally developed facility located across Mason Dam on the southeast side of Phillips Lake. The facility offers year-round access for mountain biking, hiking, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. It is the main eastern access point for the Phillips Lake South Shoreline Trail #1610 and crosscountry ski trail #XC-1610.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No fees or passes are required for this site.
Open Season: year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. All of the lake shore trails are closed to motorized vehicle use.
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (17 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, the trailhead parking area is on the left near an information board; The trail starts at this eastern access point near the lake.

Advisory: Forest Road 1145 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

Access for south shoreline mountain bike trails #1610 and other area trails

Day Hiking

Access for south shoreline mountain bike trails #1610 and other area trails

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Access for south shoreline crosscountry ski trails #XC-1610 and others


Parking: Undeveloped parking area for 3-4 vehicles; adequate for trailers

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