Need a place to play? Where you can enjoy nature viewing at its finest? This is a place where those weary of hectic schedules and jangling telephones can find peace, a place where life can be pondered from a different and unique perspective. Most of all, a place carefully designed and maintained for people -- for the mother and her baby out for a Sunday drive, for the father teaching his son how to fish, for the teenager who wants to get away for a bit, for the couple on a weekend camping trip, for the grandparents who just want to take it easy for a week. Mountain waters flow out of the Ochoco Mountain Range, joining together to form the Crooked River. This river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms Prineville Reservoir.

The actual trail starts at Prineville Reservior State Park's campground at the top of the B loop next to the cabins. It follows the water to Jasper Point State Park then follows the lake again to Owl Creek. You can access the trail by the North road (an unimproved road) if not camping.

Pretty drive thru the canyon to get there. Great views of the canyon, crooked river and cascades from on top.

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24 days ago

nice view of Crooked River from the top.

Not so much a trail, more like following a dirt road that is closed to cars half the year.

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9 months ago

This was a simple and beautiful trail. Camping around the river would be perfect in fall or spring.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike to the Chimney! So cool!

Great trail. Perfect view on top.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Did this about a month ago. It was a great quick out and back hike with good views.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Stunning views.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It was a great workout so 5 stars if your doing it for the exercise but for the scenery/views 3 stars

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

cross country skiing
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Monday, May 04, 2015

This trail climbs through an amazing canyon area, out on some bluffs and to Chimney Rock, a neat rock formation high above the Crooked River. We saw wildflowers, birds of all types, including Ravens and Vultures who were picking at a carcass, and views everywhere, including the beginnings of a spectacular sunset. And, we only saw two people. It was an incredible hike, and a great start to a long weekend in Central Oregon! If you are in this area, it's a must-do hike.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Enjoy hiking this, however, just a note for anyone who decides to hike it in the snow/ice (as we [self, husband, 12 yr old son, 2 german shepherds] did one time), there are two areas where it can be dangerous in the snow/ice- Yak-traks or something similar would be helpful to put on your boots, also, keep your dog on a lead unless he/she absolutely will stay right next to you. There is a place when the area is frozen the dog can actually slip and drop over the side of a fairly large cliff.

Hiking in the spring and summer is very nice though!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

We started out on the OHV trails at the West boat ramp. The trail was muddy and quite steep going up to the rim overlooking the reservoir. We (Karen and myself) hiked all the way around the rim, to HWY 27. We were running out of daylight, so we turned back after we reached Bowman dam. Next, we intend to start out earlier and hike from the reservoir off of Juniper Canyon Rd, to Chimney Rock.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Was a little more difficult than expected. You're hiking an old creek bed more/less, rather than an actual "trail". Views are great once up top. Several spots that yield a good view along the way as well. Dogs had fun!