Rocky Top Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Rocky Top Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elkhorn, Oregon that offers scenic views 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.

1.4 miles
649 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





off road driving
1 month ago

The drive up to this trail is insane. We got all the way up and didn’t even hike bc we were so spooked by the road. It’s about 8 miles uphill on gravel.. and the very top where it is steepest/most narrow/huge cliff drop offs is the rockiest terrain. Even in 4 wheel drive it is scary, and few turn arounds. View at top is pretty but not worth dying over. Also would recommend a group bc you are very isolated. Currently logging is being conducted about 2.5 mi up, but we went on a weekend so wasn’t an issue (might be during the week). To safely drive it’s about 50 min ea. way.

9 months ago

About a foot of snow a mile before you hit the trail head. Beware! I had a Subaru and it was super icey and scary on the side of a cliff. Couldn’t hike because of that.

10 months ago

Went here to watch the solar eclipse this morning (Amazing experience - in the range of totality). There was smoke from the wildfires that went through all the mountains but it still looked pretty. Could see Mnt. Hood. Short hike but pretty uphill the whole time.

11 months ago

It's a beautiful view, the drive up is a little crazy. Make sure you have good tires and follow the signs cause the maps for navigation is misleading.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Would like to do this one again because it was all foggy at the top, but could only imagine the views from the top. Pretty easy but quick climb.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Beautiful day for a hike! Short, but steep. Well worth the short climb. The road and signage to the trailhead was a bit sketchy, but found it without getting lost...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great views. Road driving in was a little rough.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Short and sweet amazing views and nice rock outcroppings. I went mid May and there was patches of snow to cross on the trail towards the top.

Monday, November 02, 2015

For a short hike, Rock Top was surprisingly satisfying! You only gain about 600ft in elevation but you do so in less than a mile. Hiking this in the midst of fall was very worth it too! Between the waves of crisp fog drifts you can see the sun peaking through the clouds onto the valley floor. The reddening of leaves on bushes spattered throughout the landscape complement the evergreen trees along the trail.

The drive to the trailhead is about 8.2 miles off hwy 22. The entire stretch is gravel with a few steeper sections. Don't forget to visit the natural arch along the way!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pretty steep but not to far. Took us about 30 minutes including several stops for photo ops. AMAZING views at the top!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

We were originally wanting to hike the natural rock arch trail but decided to check this one out first. It was a great hike. Almost completely uphill trails and the from the top is amazing.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014