Fort Rock State Park Area Loop is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silver Lake, OR that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A short interpretive loop hike around the inside of the volcanic tuff ring of the Fort Rock State Natural Area. This volcanic rock formation was formed 50,000 to 100,000 years ago as lava rose to the surface under an ancient sea. Over time after the rock solidified waves crashing against the southeast side of the volcanic tuff rim wore it away leaving you an entrance to explore!
I took the loop trail around the interior of the rock plus a side trip up to the small lookout that has a great view of the cave where, in 1938, human relics were discovered that were dated over 9000 years ago. The rock formations are spectacular and the trail easy to navigate. There were very few people out here today and we practically had the place to ourselves. Bad weather probably had something to do with that but it didn't slow us down.