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[Oregon] - Virtue Flat


VIRTUE FLAT OHV AREALast updated October 2014
Over view:
6-square miles of sagebrush-covered hills, winding gulches, and rock-strewn ravines, with trails and routes suitable for all kinds of vehicles and skill levels. Because the area is specifically designated and managed for intensive OHV recreation, you can roam to your heart's content, exploring cross country and discovering new trails.

From I-84 take Exit 304 at Baker City, Oregon. Get gas and supplies there. Then get back on I-84 westbound to EXIT 302 onto Highway 86. Take Hwy. 86 eastbound for about 5 miles. Follow the signs to the "Oregon Trail Interpretive Center". Instead of turning left to the Interpretive Center, turn RIGHT on "RUCKLES CREEK LP" road. This is a gravel road with a small green sign. Follow Ruckles Cr. road, staying to the left, and in a couple miles you will see the main staging area. There is a bulletin board there with maps and information, loading ramps, parking, and a porta-potty.

GPS Coordinates:
Lat/Lon: N44 47.83 W117 40.42
UTM: 11T 0446716, 4960423

Maps - Baker City map and the Trail Map

ATV Permits Required/ Fees:
Oregon ATV Permit required on all off-highway vehicles (see for more information). Permits from other states are generally honored in Oregon. / No other fees.

For a list of required equipment on 4x4's, please visit this thread:

Open all year, with seasonal or partial closure periods during times of high fire danger (usually July through September, depending on rain) or to manage other resource values. For current fire restrictions, call the BLM office in Baker City at 541-523-1256. They will be glad to answer all your questions. Camping (and open fires) is not allowed inside of the fenced staging area; primitive camping is allowed on any of the surrounding BLM public lands unless posted closed. If you're not sure where the public land is, visit the BLM office in Baker City on 11th Street behind Cashway Lumber and they'll be happy to get you some maps and more info.

Trail Conditions:
Variety of trails available, from stock SUV two-track roads to black diamond rockcrawls. Off-camber common. Bypasses usually available. Very dusty when dry, very sloppy when it's wet. Virtue Flat mud will quickly cover any tire in thick clay that makes easy trails challenging, and difficult trails crazy. Frozen dirt trails in winter can be hard as rock, and snowfall tends to be light. Sudden thunderstorms can turn a dry trail into a slippery mud track in seconds. Full-size spare tire recommended. Brushy once you leave the beaten track. Most trails are now signed, other cross-country routes are more difficult to locate; map and GPS very useful.

Current Weather Report:

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Trail Photos:

See the BLM website for more info:

Tell the BLM what you think!
If you make a trip to VF, be sure to fill out a Visitor Survey and tell the BLM what you liked and didn't like about Virtue Flat OHV Area. Your comments help shape the future of this OHV area and cast a vote for your sport!

Bumped for updated info.

I just love all the work you put into this thread. Very nice.

I agree.  And that's Ed's killer CJ!  I printed one up and will mail it to the BLM.   ;)


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