Dead Mountain Trail #3566

Formerly Flat Creek Trail, the Dead Mountain Trail begins by climbing up to a small dry meadow and then traversing above Flat Creek before crossing Forest Road 2404. The trail then follows Flat Creek for about 0.2 mile before crossing the creek and heading up to another traverse above Flat Creek for about 0.2 more miles. Following a series of switchbacks, the trail crosses several grassy areas that afford views of the Salmon Creek Valley below. Chanterelle mushrooms and Oregon grape can be found along the trail. The forest consists of Douglas-fir and western hemlock. The trail route winds up the slope and finally reaches the top of the ridge where it crosses Forest Road 210. At this point, the nature of the trail changes to become a “flow” style trail designed specifically for mountain bikes, but also enjoyed by trail runners and motorcycles. Following the trail another 1.8 miles further, users will enjoy a lush and open forest eventually reaching the top of Dead Mountain. Here, the trail passes around a green gate on Forest Service road 212, which leads a short distance to the upper trailhead. Excellent views of Oakridge can be had to the south of the trailhead sign.

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  • This trail is very popular with mountain bikers but is shared between hikers, horses, mountain bikes and motorcycles.
  • Poison oak can be found along the trail in the open, grassy areas. 

Length: 6.3 miles (10.1 km)

Elevation: 2,390 feet elevation gain - trail begins at 1,330 feet and ends at 3,720 feet

Difficulty: More Difficult

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring, summer, fall and winter
Closest Towns: Oakridge, OR
Water: Flat Creek – requires treatment
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492

General Information


The upper trailhead is best reached by traveling east, past the lower trailhead on Forest Road 24, to Forest Road 2409. Turn left and follow 2409 for 3 miles to Forest Road 210. Stay right at the intersection to follow 210 for 2.75 miles to the trailhead located at the intersection of Forest Roads 210 and 212. Avoid blocking the gate with your vehicle. The trail begins just beyond the gate.

General Notes:

Dead Mountain Trail Map (PDF)

A map of the Dead Mountain Trail


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles (10.1 km)

  Elevation : 
1,330 feet - 3,720 feet