Chimney Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Prineville, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

hiking
2 months ago

It has it's ups and downs but is short enough to be a good amount of exercise without being overtaxing. And it's just a nice place to be....

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2 months ago

This hike is more moderate to hard. In the beginning the trail is tiny and there are steep drop offs where if you are not careful with your footing you could easily fall and be injured. I started this hike late in the day 1pm on 7/9/18, it was 90 degrees outside with very small amounts of shade and no wind very hot! I did not finish this trail, but will definitely be back to finish it as an early am hike when there is no heat. The trail is also very rocky. It follows through a dried up creek bed in the canyon and may lead around the mountain you can see from the road. This is not an easy hike.

4 months ago

not kid friendly to many drop offs. we did have a blast though. I would recommend 12 and older. our kids are 2,3, and 5. the 5 year old walked the whole way and the other younger ones walked most of it.

4 months ago

Relatively easy hike, family friendly. I rate it as easy to moderate.. full cascade Mountain View’s to the west. Eagles view of the river canyon.

6 months ago

love the drive to the trail love the hike. never see too manu people camping sites near by can hear the river ib the background beautiful site as u make it to the top. done this hike many times recommend short but challenging

8 months ago

Beautiful trail

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10 months ago

fun hike with a good views

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11 months ago

Great afternoon of hiking!! With the Cascades snowed in this was a good alternative. Nice time of year to hit the eastern part of Central Oregon!! Great photo opportunities!!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A nice hike with very good views, possibly most important at this exact date is there's no snow here yet, nor dirt roads!

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

It may be a short hike, but it is steep and challenging. Did this one in the evening and it was a blast!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

nice view of Crooked River from the top.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

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

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful hike to the Chimney! So cool!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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

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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.

hiking
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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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!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

This is a classic trail for central Oregon! It is a bit on the difficult side for those not use to hiking, but well worth it! We take the kids and our dog each time and none of us ever get tired of returning again and again!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

The trail, like all of the Lower Crooked Wild & Scenic River area, is managed by BLM and it starts directly across the road from the Chimney Rock campground.

The trek up to the pinnacle may be only slightly longer than a mile, but by the time you get back to your vehicle you will have hiked 2.6 miles and your butt will have had a good workout in the process.

See full review at Hiking Central Oregon!

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