Dome Rock and Tumble Lake
- Moderate (from upper trailhead)
- 5.2 miles round trip
- 1550 feet elevation gain
- Open June through October
- Use: hikers, bicycles
- Difficult (to Dome Rk from lower trailhead)
- 10.6 miles round trip
- 3270 feet elevation gain
High on a quiet ridge above Detroit Lake’s powerboats and campgrounds, the old lookout site atop Dome Rock commands a view across jagged foothills to snowy Mt. Jefferson. Nearby, a steep trail dives into Tumble Lake’s hanging valley, amid rare Alaska cedars and the area’s best huckleberry fields. For a moderate hike to these enticing goals, start at an upper trailhead on a gravel backroad. For an easier drive but a much tougher hike, start at a lower trailhead on Highway 22, just a stone’s throw from Detroit Lake.
To find the convenient lower trailhead, drive east of Salem on Highway . . .
This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.