Chimney Rock

  • Easy
  • 2.8 miles round trip
  • 500 feet elevation gain
  • Open all year
  • Use: hikers, horses, bicycles

In one of the crookedest parts of the Crooked River’s cliff-rimmed canyon, an easy trail climbs a dry side gulch to a viewpoint beside the thumb-shaped knob of Chimney Rock. Although it’s open all year, this nearly shadeless hike can be too hot for comfort in July and August. After the hike, cross the road to a lovely riverside picnic area and campground, where a short path ambles along the glassy river’s cool, grassy bank.

Take Highway 26 to …

From this arid perch, the lush green riverbank far below looks like an inviting oasis. To take up that invitation, hike …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.