Chimney Rock Trail is a 1.3 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, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This was a simple and beautiful trail. Camping around the river would be perfect in fall or spring.
Beautiful hike to the Chimney! So cool!
Great trail. Perfect view on top.
Did this about a month ago. It was a great quick out and back hike with good views.
It was a great workout so 5 stars if your doing it for the exercise but for the scenery/views 3 stars
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!