hiking
27 days ago

Great climb starting from the Rooster Rock TH. I recorded 2.3 miles to the top. Small snow patches near the peak, nothing challenging. Took Trout Creek back down and then the road back to Rooster Rock TH just like the given map shows. I would recommend taking Trout Creek as your starting/finish point. Taking the road back was fun for the first couple minutes and then it sucked. Wore summer hiking boots, pants, long sleeve shirt, hat, and gloves. Nothing too cold.

If you’re like Miley Cyrus and are all about the climb this trail is for you as it is basically all uphill till you get to the view. The view is amazing. Careful with the rain as the trail has washed away in some spots

hiking
2 months ago

It was an awesome workout definitely I actually came back a week later and did it again just make sure you take the right trail.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I started at the Trout Creek TH. The first two miles are fairly easy with a steady uphill climb. The third mile starts getting steep, and the last half-mile is very steep. Just go slow! Be careful coming back down; take small steps to keep your center of gravity over your feet. Definitely don't want to fall. Pretty walk through the forest. Shaded. Great panoramic views at the top, although nothing too earth shaking. A good training hike for elevation gain!

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked the Cone Peak / Iron Mountain loop late in July.
As other have mentioned, and with a relatively short distance (between 6 and 7 miles w/o any detours), this hike offers a nice array of varied features and highlights; beautiful forest settings (welcome shade on a hot July day), scenic Cascade summits views (Sisters and Mt Jefferson clearly on display, Mt Washington and Hood in supporting roles, abundant wildflowers (in season), open meadows (around cone peak), craggy rock formations... and comfortable summit platform on Iron Mountain to take a break and enjoy the sweeping 360 degrees views.
There are several possible starting points for the loop. I parked at the Blue River Rd trailhead (facilities, map, picnic bench, ample parking) for a $5 fee. Other options are the parking area at Tombstone Pass (fee?) or on the shoulder of OR20. A last option appears to be a parking at the end of NFRD 035 which would bring you just about a mile under the Iron Mountain summit.
I headed first to Iron Mountain which makes for a healthy ascent of 1500 feet in just about 2 miles. Most of it is under a constant canopy, only breaking into the open at about .3 miles from the summit. There are several stone benches on the way if you need to take a quick breather. The platform at the top is quite new, with an orientation table and benches in two corners. The views are a just reward for the sustained climb.
The traverse from Iron Mountain to Cone Peak offers several level(ish) sections in the shades before it comes out of the forest about half-way to cone peak, drops into a notch via a switchback and then climbs back up to the base of Cone Peak. Several good open views of Cone Peak from that area. The trail then follows the contours of the SouthWest slope of Cone Peak and the vegetation is dense on both sides of the trail, cutting all view up to the summit of Cone Peak.
Finally, just before dropping back down to OR 20, the landscape opens up again, providing good close-up views up the South slope of Cone Peak... and places for a quick break, snack or lunch. The descent to OR 20 is via a fairly long series of switchback under the protection a high canopy.
The trail crosses OR20, drops down a little, and then follows under the road back to the Tombstone parking area. This is not the most scenic part of he walk.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

An all uphill climb. Great view spot from the top. Getting to the top of Rooster Rock itself would require ropes. Also once you get to higher elevation watch out for lots of poison oak!! Bring some Tecnu with you just in case. Poison oak starts showing up around the rockier terrain.

hiking
5 months ago

Peak Wildflowers right now, go if you can. The whole loop is worth it if you want to make a day of it!

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This was a fantastic hike! We were kind of in a rush with some limited time on an evening. You pass through several biotic environments on your way up. You get some great views above tree line, and if you make it in early summer you'll have a great variety of wild flowers along your way. If you're looking for a half-day hike with big rewards-- do this hike. You can do a little extra and get a great view at Iron Mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice loop trail which allows access to Iron Mountain. A nice shade/sun mix on well maintained trail.

6.5 miles. About 2-2.5 hours. Beautiful flowers and vistas.

hiking
5 months ago

6/24 Easy to find there is a trail head sign on the road after fair view or fair field campground headed east. Crowded with ferns and cobwebs and very steep when heading straight to Rooster rock but no one else was on the trail. It looks possible to get up to what must be Rooster rock but not without climbing. There is an accessible peak view over the valley beyond the big rock formation. We took the trout creek trail down and it was gradual enough to run down until we ended up on the road and hiked and ran up the road rather than climb up the trail again. On a hot day you can stop by a campsite park and jump in the creek along the road!

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