Rooster Rock Trail

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Rooster Rock Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cascadia, OR that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.4 miles 2467 feet Loop

dogs on leash



rock climbing

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This difficult hike to Rooster Rock provides a view of the entire South Santiam Canyon There are two trailheads to this hike. The one to the West is more of a moderate hike, the one to the East is a steeper more difficult hike. The trail climbs slowly, then rises steeply to Rooster Rock. Rooster Rock, an enormous pillar of andesite and basalt, is popular with rock climbers. If you are an adventurous climber, the wooden remains of a Forest Service lookout, abandoned in 1963, can be found by scrambling to the top. From the top of the trail you can see the entire South Santiam Canyon from Iron Mountain to the Willamette Valley. You will also get nice views of other rock pillars such as Rabbit Ears.

trail running
24 days ago

uphill all the way up, downhill all the way down. plenty sore after doing this as a trail run.

1 month ago

Definitely an up hill climb but worth it!

4 months ago

nice hike I will do it again..

1 year ago

nice hike, combined with Pechuck lookout.

1 year ago

Went for a backpack to Table Rock to watch the Perseid Meteor showers. It did not disappoint! Saw 77 large meteors and not another person for 2 days.

Recommend printing directions as phone lost GPS in the area and had to navigate by site to get to trail head.

1 year ago

Challenging trail to Rooster Rock. Picked the wrong day to go as it was foggy and I didn't get to enjoy the views. Will do it again on a clear day, although maybe will take the Trout Creek Trail instead.