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Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Castle Rock Trail is a 8.5 mile out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,820 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Easy hike through Douglas Fir forest. From the top you can see the McKenzie River Valley as well as the Three Sisters. This hike is listed as easy and can be done with children. You hike through a Douglas fir forest with some interesting rock formations as well. From the top you can see the McKenzie River Valley as well as the Three Sisters.

1 month ago

Followed the driving directions posted here by Shannon Ernst. Drove along the gravel road (Cougar Creek Road?) for a ways and then drove right up to the trailhead sign with room for about 6 cars or so. Easy to spot. Our GPS's say this was 9.7 miles out and back. About 4 miles in we passed a much closer trailhead that's only a mile from the top. We were huffing and puffing and ran into some folks (little kids and old folks) coming down from the summit who must have thought we were pretty weak, covered in sweat. The view from the top is worth it though and we had it to ourselves the whole time we were at the top. The first 3 miles is pretty easy, not much elevation gain, but then the 2 miles up to the top is pretty steep with lots of switchbacks. The trail is in great shape, has new signage, and the downed trees have all been cut. There's one small creek crossing that could be trouble in wetter months. I wonder if they're going to build a bridge any time soon? We did see a few bikes and could tell this trail is used by mountain bikers a fair amount (tracks and ruts).

7 months ago

If you’re planning on taking this trail from the Echo trail up to Castle Rock- the Echo trail is closed off. Do King-Castle instead.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

To get to the trail, instead of following the google directions, coming off the highway take a left at the fork. Just keep going straight and turn left up the hill at the closed gate. Follow the road straight and you will get to the trail head. This hike is completely worth it. I hope to go back when it is a bit clearer to get a better view of the mountains.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Just a heads up, the last mile or so of road is closed. I am not familiar with the area so maybe you can still get to the trail but I had to turn back. Road is closed through November.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Nice rock formations near the top. Deers were by that area as well. I was not able to see any of the views because of the smoke from the wildfires. Check the USDA Forest Service website for conditions.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Completed trail along with King Castle Trail, started at E. King Road trailhead and hiked under canopy and along switchbacks to a great view of valley, moderate-hard due to elevation climb, watch out for single-track mtn bikers speeding down trail

Monday, April 17, 2017

The trail winds through a beautiful dense forest and the summit offers stunning views of the Sisters to the east!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Not the worst hike to a view ever. But it's surrounded by clear-cuts and the view from up top is only so-so. Nearby Tidbits is a little more challenging, less crowded and has vastly better views.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Amazing views! The trail was well marked and groomed. It's quite a subtle climb, but only being a 1.25 mile trail there are no mile markers to let you know how much farther you have to go. But once you reach the top the view is completely worth it! The road getting up to the trail head is a dirt logging road with active logging equipment along the way, so please watch out for the workers. And the "parking lot" at the trail head is tiny, and requires you to do a 3 point turn around to get out. But overall an excellent well hidden hike!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

We started this hike at the trailhead that's four miles up good-quality gravel Forest Road 480 (O'Leary Road) at its junction with FR 490. From that trailhead to the top is 2 mi, and about 1300 feet of elevation. If you continue to the end of O'Leary Road, there is another trailhead that is 1.25 mi to the top and about 600 feet of elevation. The trail is relentlessly upward at a steep but not terrible grade, and mostly very well marked. Starting at the upper trailhead you get little peeks of the Sisters through the continuous forest cover. About a half mile past the upper trailhead the rock formations that give the mountain its name begin, and follow you until you get near the summit, where they protect a little oak savannah area. And the summit is what you've been waiting for -- a nearly full-circle view of Cascades to the south and southwest, the McKenzie Valley to the north, and the Three Sisters to the East. As a bonus, Mt Washington is poking out from behind a ridge on the north side of the valley. A breathtaking view and a short, scenic hike that's easy for anyone who isn't too out of shape. Spectacular.

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