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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +396/400 ft
Total: 7 riders
 

Mountain Biking Phillips Lake South Shoreline Trail #1610

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#117 of 302 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#5,073 in the world

The Phillips Lake South Shoreline trail begins on the south side of Mason Dam and ends near Southwest Shore Campground. The trail traverses the southernly banks of the lake (actually a reservoir) through grasslands and young growth ponderosa pine forests. It is a scenic trail and offers outstanding views of the lake and the Elkhorn Mountains for summer and winter travelers. Numerous coves and inlets provide opportunities for viewing waterfowl, shore birds, and occasionally deer and elk. The multi-season trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. This trail is one of several mountain bike and hiking trails that are found in the Phillips Lake Trail system.
Difficulty level: Although there are some short sections with moderate grades, the trail is an 'easy' level.
Maps: The Phillips Lake South Shoreline 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.

First added by Chris_Barber on Oct 9, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
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  • Night riding: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
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  • Restrooms: unknown
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  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
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 Southeast Shore Trailhead parking area is on the left near an information board; The trail starts at this eastern access point near the lake.
You can also access the trail on the western end near the lake at South West Shore Campground , Millers Lane Campground, and Dean Creek Trailhead. Directions for these recreation sites are found on the individual webpage.
To get to Millers Lane Campground, from Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 towards John Day, Oregon for 22 miles; Once past the upper end of the Phillips Lake turn left on Hudspeth Lane and go 1.2 miles to Forest Road 2220; Turn left on Forest Road 2220 and go 1.3 miles to campground entrance on left side of road; Designated campsites and the South Shoreline Trail are down the road near lake.
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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter
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    Nice XC ride along the lake edge with beautiful views. If riding a loop with the North Shoreline trail, I would suggest a clockwise direction for safety reasons on the highway section near the dam on the east edge of the lake. There is a blind curve without a road shoulder if you are riding counter clockwise.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter
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    We started on the west end just off the gravel road and rode toward the dam. Nice flowing singletrack with great views of the lake. Not technical at all. Once over the dam we used the North Shoreline Trail for a return route.

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  • Dessia Shank
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    We camped at the South Shore campground, which is dry camping. We started at the South shoreline TH. The single track is an easy ride, not technical, and would be a great family or beginner/leisure ride. The trail is in great shape.

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