Rooster Rock Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Rooster Rock Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2723 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

This difficult hike to Rooster Rock provides a view of the entire South Santiam Canyon There are two trailheads to this hike. The one to the West is more of a moderate hike, the one to the East is a steeper more difficult hike. The trail climbs slowly, then rises steeply to Rooster Rock. Rooster Rock, an enormous pillar of andesite and basalt, is popular with rock climbers. If you are an adventurous climber, the wooden remains of a Forest Service lookout, abandoned in 1963, can be found by scrambling to the top. From the top of the trail you can see the entire South Santiam Canyon from Iron Mountain to the Willamette Valley. You will also get nice views of other rock pillars such as Rabbit Ears.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Lots of wildflowers, ferns and Oregon Grape all along the trail. The scramble to the top of the rock can be a little treacherous - beware.

1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Bring water! This is a butt burner!

hiking
1 month ago

Steep hike, pretty much no level trail. Great workout though and the view at the top is great if it's clear. Not a crowded hike which is nice. Well defined trail, a few narrow spots though.

2 months ago

2 months ago

6 months ago

Difficult but rewarding hike! Lots of snow the last third (12-12-16) of the trail. Beautiful views. Lots of madrones shedding their bark!!

trail running
8 months ago

uphill all the way up, downhill all the way down. plenty sore after doing this as a trail run.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Definitely an up hill climb but worth it!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

nice hike I will do it again..

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

nice hike, combined with Pechuck lookout.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Went for a backpack to Table Rock to watch the Perseid Meteor showers. It did not disappoint! Saw 77 large meteors and not another person for 2 days.

Recommend printing directions as phone lost GPS in the area and had to navigate by site to get to trail head.

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Challenging trail to Rooster Rock. Picked the wrong day to go as it was foggy and I didn't get to enjoy the views. Will do it again on a clear day, although maybe will take the Trout Creek Trail instead.