Trail System

Trail maps are available at the Information Desk, or it can be downloaded (PDF) to your mobile device.

Hiking Trail Map (PDF)

There are more than four miles of hiking trails at the Interpretive Center. From the Oregon Trail ruts to sweeping views of Blue Mountains and the delicate song of the meadowlark, experience nature and history by taking a walk on one of the trails.

Interpretive Trail System

For a short hike, visitors can wind their way around the Interpretive Center on the 0.5 mile Flagstaff Hill Loop. You can view remnants of the historic Flagstaff Gold Mine. In summer months gold panning demonstrations are scheduled at the gold sluice on this trail. Follow the spur trail to the stamp mill to learn more about gold mining on Flagstaff Hill.

The longer, 2.5 mile loop takes you down 370 feet to the actual ruts carved by pioneer wagons. Along the way, take a short detour to the Panorama Point. A shade structure and benches provides a cool place to rest and take in the immense view of the Elkhorn Crest and the Baker Valley.

Interpretive Trail System

Once you arrive at the Oregon Trail ruts, you can explore the path the pioneers walked by taking the paved Oregon Trail Ruts Loop or venturing out on the Auburn Burnt River Spur Trail and Eagle Valley Railroad Grade Loop Trail.

You can return on the paved trail or take the steeper 0.8 mile Ascent Trail back to the Interpretive Center.