National Historic Oregon Trail Center- Trail Ruts

Two brown, bare ground tracks on either side of a sagebrush lined hump mark the location of the Oregon Trail
Trail Ruts at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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22267 Oregon 86, Baker City, Oregon
13 miles of visible Oregon Trail ruts

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The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located at the top of Flagstaff Hill. The Oregon Trail reached this hill by going through the small valley, known as Virtue Flat, that lies just south of the center. Traveling through this valley was no easy task. Emigrants had to fight their way through shoulder-tall sagebrush just after spending four or five difficult days ascending Burnt River. The trek across Virtue Flats created 13 miles of still visible Oregon Trail ruts. Approximately one mile of these ruts lies on the interpretive center's grounds. The ruts can be reached by following hiking trails from the interpretive center or by driving a half-mile west of the center's entrance on Highway 86 to a turnout.

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Last updated: January 17, 2023