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Just a little snow at the top! Great hike.

mountain biking
7 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Ignore my stars.. I just wanted to give an update on the road conditions. We tried getting to the trail head yesterday and found quite a bit of snow still on the road heading to the trailhead. We were traveling in a 4WD crossover, which did fine, but the snow progressively increased and the road narrows with 3 miles still to go. We decided to turn back in case it became too deep and we didn’t have the ability to turn around down the road. It would be passable with snow tires or maybe a little bit bigger car. In reality our car would have probably done fine but it made me a little nervous. We will definitely be back to do this hike in the future!

Pretty dull trail. Not to say it isn’t beautiful, it’s just that there are way better hikes with less people in the area. This would be a great hike for a young family with a running baby stroller. Lots of people and smooth paths

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible hike! WELL WORTH the trip out to it, Fort Rock is definitely a unique hike. Fort Rock is also in the middle of pretty much no where; except for a small (and I mean small) town a few miles away from the rock. Climbing to the summit was quite easy, I was expecting it to be a lot more difficult ( beware of the wind at the top!) As for the actual hiking path, its visible in some areas and not so much in others, which wasn't a big deal considering visibility was very clear in every direction. All in all great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

The hike follows an old road/Jeep trail. As you hike through old junipers you are serenaded by the lovely sound of traffic from Highway 20. Not sure how this came to be designated wilderness? It has definitely been trammeled by man. Not much in the solitude department here either. Please pick up your doggie waste bags. Leaving trash behind in the form of dog feces in plastic bags is a good way to get dogs banished from a trail system our furry friends enjoy as much as we do!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 2/4. Road up to the trailhead and trail in good shape. Last 1/4 mile a bit dicey with snow. It was doable in boots for sure, but would have felt a bit better in yak tracks.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty spicy little moderate hike. Fantastic views. Little bit of snow on the top. Not enough to warrant snowshoes or spikes. Wind shifts up top and temps plummet. Layer accordingly.

Beautiful views, dog friendly, perfect run!

hiking
2 months ago

5 star view, hike was %99 uphill to the top. Don’t go in January like me, save it for warmer months based on the tower being closed and other ALLTRAILS photos. Also did SMITH ROCK yesterday so this one doesn’t come close in comparison.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with a group of friends back in July 2017 and had a blast. We went at 430 in the morning to see the sunrise, definitely worth doing again!! I can’t wait to visit so I can go back

easy nice views

Took a hike with my sisters and our dogs and it was really fun!

I hesitate telling anybody about this place. It is the the most unbelievable place in all of Oregon. Oops...it sucks there are evil monsters here and anthrax. It is really ugly sucks.

A bit icy toward the top but phenomenal views!

Enjoyed the loop yesterday. I’m looking forward to exploring more trails.

Nice burn, and great views all the way up. Hit it early to beat traffic.

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail run! The ground was frozen and had bike ruts so some parts I had to take slow so I wouldn’t roll an ankle but other than that it was a great run without too many hills!

Just an all around solid walk / hike!

Beautiful

It’s a nice loop, nothing too challenging, but a nice stroll for late fall/early winter-

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing! I've been wanting to visit Fort Rock for a few years now and finally made the trip. It was completely worth it and even better than I expected. We hiked around the exterior first. The trail is well established in some places and non-existent in other places. However it was easy enough to hike through the sagebrush when the trail disappeared and keep on track. Hiking around the outside of the formation was great. We could really see the rock up close and there was evidence that cows and other animals had taken shelter at the base of the rock. Since we were there in the winter, the wind was cold and fierce at times, coming in blasts across the open desert. But it made for amazing sound effects against the rock face. I've always loved the sound of the wind in the trees, but never heard it hum and moan against rock like it did on the north side of Fort Rock. So cool! As you complete the exterior trail, it leads right into the interior trail. We hiked to several of the view points to amazing views of the desert below. The wind was a bit less intense in the inside of the formation, but still gusty. The trail on the interior is by far better established and easier to hike. However, I enjoyed the rawness of the exterior trail better. All in all though, this is a beautiful and significant place to visit. I wish there had been a bit more information provided at the trail head regarding the rich history and amazing geology of this place. It's worth researching once you're back home and adds a lot of meaning to the experience.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this remote spot. 2 mile walk through the slot canyon. Open year around. All kinds of side options for scrambling, which is dangerous.

My video on the place:
https://youtu.be/t7iT3iOp39k

hiking
5 months ago

Stunning views of the Cascades. Family-friendly with a little effort.

Well worth the drive, can’t wait to come back with the kids ‘

Easy to get to- we had a truck, last few miles are pretty ruddy. We hiked in the snow which made it slightly more challenging. Incredible views almost all the way to the top. The top was beautiful to see so many mountains and surrounding terrain. Will do it again in the summer.

Phone service is non-existent, so download directions before you go. This trail is unmarked so it was a little difficult to find but we managed. We filled out a wilderness permit just because, I don't know if day trippers need to. The incline is gradual and the hike beautiful. The crown of the hike is definitely the lake at the end. Bring swim trunks or go natural, it is very refreshing. You are next to a watersource the whole small hike so you can stop anywhere along the way and put your toes in. It was worth the drive.

5 months ago

Easy to follow trail. No real change in scenery or elevation but a fun little ~3 mile loop

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great trail for mountain biking!! Beautiful spots along the water to sit and soak up the sun!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful view once your on top.

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