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.