The Grade - Circumnavigating Flat Mountain
"The Grade" is a road that encircles the top of Flat Mountain (2720') at an elevation varying between about 1500' to 2400.' It is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road that passes through lands largely owned by BLM and Starker Forests. The road got its name because it was the route of a logging railroad that existed some time in the early 20th century. Starker reserves recreation permits for this tree farm (Beaver Creek) for members of the Flat Mountain Riders motocross group. You can use the BLM road, but not the motocross trails on the tree farm itself. If you park along the grade, it is recommended to park on BLM land and not on land that may belong to Starker. Places that may be good for parking are indicated on the map below.
RWGPS route: 13.2 miles; +1,547 ft; 100% unpaved