hiking
7 days ago

Great hike. Excellent conditions. Pretty steady climb with awesome views at the top!

I give this a 5 because it is hard. It is a challenge & a good one. Definitely worth it, though it’s not a 360 degree view like Iron Mountain. There was a native sedum in bloom with a vivid yellow and what appeared on the SE slope to be Indian paintbrush also flowering bright red. I hiked the trail 2 days ago.

hiking
21 days ago

Wonderful hike. Great elevation climb. Scenery was beautiful. There was however a lot of poison ivy blooming, but it looked like it had been sprayed.

hiking
25 days ago

May 28th -Stellar wildflowers in full bloom! Great view of Old Cascade Crest peaks. Not a strenuous hike and suitable for kids and dogs. The seasonal creeks were already drying up but I could get water from the creeks on the flank of Cone Peak. My 8yp son found an arrowhead near the meadows on Cone Peak midway through the loop. Interesting volcanic formations and wildflower meadow lend this medium length day hike loop a backcountry feel

Started at Rooster Rock TH. Keep right at the fork.

My Fitbit tracked 2.7 miles to the summit and nearly 2,900ft elevation gain! The incline is relentless, especially towards the end. Which means the walk back down was tough on the knees. The view was nice, especially having it by ourselves.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a lovely hike, at least the first several miles of it. You hike along the highway for a good portion of the trek, so the sound of cars in the background is fairly persistent. There's a point where the trail ends at the National Forest Development Road 2044, which is an improved gravel road. If you're not sure where you're supposed to be going from there (there's no direction), then it's easy to get lost and double back on yourself.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike for conditioning and to work on elevation gain. Went on a clear day so the view was decent at the top. Took the Trout Creek Trail out and back, did not bother with the road hiking. There are plenty of rhododendrons along the trail which I'm sure will look amazing when they bloom. Snow at the top is melting making it a little tricky in the decent.

hiking
4 months ago

great workout! We hiked up Rooster Rock trail & down Trout creek trail (took 2 cars as we hate road hiking). the view was amazing and so was the weather!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, great workout!! Snow free.

Tough hike due to the steep elevation gain, but you get a great workout and the view from the top is beautiful.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FoRWNf0J9I

hiking
5 months ago

Very good training hike! All uphill.

I started out at RR trailhead, the hike up was pretty much all uphill. I only encountered snow towards the top portion of the hike, but the view from the top was well worth it!

Start at trout creek for a more enjoyable hike. Last push is steep but not overly long.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
11 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.

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
11 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!

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great hike! Lots of wildflowers, ferns and Oregon Grape all along the trail. The scramble to the top of the rock can be a little treacherous - beware.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Bring water! This is a butt burner!

on Rooster Rock Trail

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Steep hike, pretty much no level trail. Great workout though and the view at the top is great if it's clear. Not a crowded hike which is nice. Well defined trail, a few narrow spots though.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Difficult but rewarding hike! Lots of snow the last third (12-12-16) of the trail. Beautiful views. Lots of madrones shedding their bark!!

trail running
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Definitely an up hill climb but worth it!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Easy hike, beautiful when flowers are in full bloom. 3 stars because you can hear road traffic for majority of the hike.

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