Rooster Rock Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

Length9.6 miElevation gain3,743 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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.

Large parking area at the trailhead, no facilities

From Sweet Home, Oregon, travel east on Highway 20 for 22.4 miles (milepost 51.5) and park in the area east of the state highway cinder stockpile. The trailhead is located 50 yards back down the highway, across from Fernview Campground.

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Jake Hall
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It was pretty steep up the whole way. The trails are narrow. It was a lot of fun. We didn’t make it to the top, but still did 4 miles. Right now there is some snow up there too. One of the harder hikes we have been on as amateur hikers.

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Sierra Nelson
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HikingGreat!

We started at the rooster rock trailhead and it’s definitely a workout. The trail is well kept. This is NOT a loop like All Trails says it is, it’s an in and out. The only way this would be a loop is if you incorporated the highway. The top has an alright view, nothing spectacular. Happy Trails!

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Shyanna Hayes
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We began at the trail head across from fernview campground (a little under 3 mile hike to the top going this way). It was beautiful but a difficult hike due to steepness. If you're a new hiker, this may not be the best trail for you. The wild rhododendrons and pacific madrones (peeling bark tree) are beautiful. I was unable to reach the top because it was a 90 degree day and a completely uphill climb that only got worse towards the last stretch.

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Daniel Wagner
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Steep and warm. Very few people on the trail.

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Tommy Nockles
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My friends and I decided to do the whole 10 mile stretch. We started off at the trout creek trailhead and hiked all the way to the top. Took about 90 minutes. The last half mile to the summit was the most difficult part and the steepest. We then came back down and hiked downhill to the rooster rock trial head, took a short break and hiked back up to the junction where both trails meet. And then back down to the trout creek trailhead. The hike back up rooster rock trail head was brutal!! Set a nice slow pace and don’t rush it, because it is 100% up hill the entire way going that route. We did a total of about, 4,300 feet of elevation gain. Trail was in good shape and in the shade for about 95% of the hike. There is a lot of overgrowth with plants and the trail is very thin too. Overall I give it 3 stars due to the steep elevation and the lackluster view at the top.

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Jen Rouse
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Hiked on 7/19/20 - Challenging, steep hike all the way to the top, beautiful views at the summit. Distance listings for this trail that put it at 10 miles might be using a different trailhead than I did. From the trailhead along Hwy 20 just past Fernview Campground, I clocked this trail at 2.35 miles from parking lot to summit (same way back down for a total of 4.7). It feels like 10 though because of the 2,050 feet of elevation gain in those two miles! Trail was in good condition with pretty wildflowers just past the parking lot and red huckleberries along the way. It’s hard to actually get a look at Rooster Rock itself because it’s so tall and surrounded by trees, but you can explore around the base and see the hooks and ropes used by rock climbers. Just past Rooster Rock is a flat rocky viewpoint at the summit with great views looking east out over the Menagerie Wilderness toward the Cascades. Did this on a Sunday morning; only one other person coming down the trail while I was hiking up, but passed five other hiking groups on the way down. The trail still never felt overly busy or crowded.

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Apollonia Goeckner
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HikingGreat!

Came up the steep side. Trailhead is easy to find, and right off the highway. You hear the highway noise until about 1.5 miles into the hike. Rhododendron, some wild iris, and foxglove all spotted on the trail. The view at the end is pretty on a clear day. I’m giving it 3 stars because it was a really tough hike with an ok view at the end, but I think there are hikes out there that are just as hard but have way better payoff. However, if you are a rock climber I am sure it is worth the grueling hike straight up. I consider myself in good hiking shape and it took me about 90 minutes to get to the top, and about half that time to get down. Trail is in great condition.

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Jeff Hassinger
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Perfect moody day hike. Plenty of old growth trees to give you some cover and walking through the misty lush green forest is underrated. Went up the steep way, took about 90 minutes to reach the top but it’s well maintained albeit kind of narrow at times. Like others have said take the long route unless you’re okay with an ass kicker. The viewpoint is worth the hike but keep in mind that if the clouds are too low you won’t be able to see much. There’s enough overgrowth on the trail that I’d suggest rain pants on the right day.

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Eric .Arndt
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We hiked up from the Rooster Rock trail head and back. The trail was in great condition, but it is quite a climb. The rock pillar (Rooster rock?) was very cool and we hiked around it a bit. The weather was socked in at the top so we didn't see anything, but I could feel that the view must be great, we will be back.

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Sadie Alloway
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Super worth it in the end. Gotta work ur butt off the whole time tho. LOOVED it. We did roster rock up and came down trout creek trail and finished on the high way (a little longer than we thought) in totally 9 and a half miles. Easy parking. Super fun

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Katrina Wasson
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Great to catch a break in the rain on top! Beautiful views and the rhododendrons were still blooming! Always wanted to catch them blooming. Pretty wet still but no snow. No other hikers yesterday May 22, 2020.

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Sarah Claxton
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rewarded with great views at the top, after you feel the burn with a steady incline all the way up! thoroughly enjoyed this hike, went may 10, 2019 and we were the only ones there, trail in great condition!

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Nandini Chaturvedi
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Wasn't a good day for hiking but it is one of my favorite trails in this area. So green and beautiful. The hike is all the way uphill and a little steep last half mile to the top. I saw someone had set ropes on the rocks , would like to go back and the climbing possibilities. It can be a tiring hike but an average active person can do it comfortably keeping a good steady pace. Saw only 3 other groups on 5/3/2020. I will come back and go from the other trail and hope for a clear weather.

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Alec Medina
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great trail! amazing view. not for the faint of heart!

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Jessica Boone
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steep one! make sure to plan for plenty of breaks.

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Alexis Patton
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The views at the top were great but the hike is pretty hard. It’s definitely a killer on your knees. If you hike the rooster rock trail to the top, it’s about 3 miles, making the total trip about 6 miles for me. Currently there’s no snow but trails are pretty narrow.

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Ryan Cummings
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Mid Feb., Wednesday, sunny and mild: Did the out and back instead of taking Trout Creek for the loop (didn’t feel like walking the hwy to connect the loop between the two trailheads). The uphill was difficult, but not beyond the ability of this novice hiker. Took plenty of breaks to snap photos... and a few to catch my breath and keep my heart from jumping out of my chest. A little snow at the top, and some nice views today, with only three other hikers who came up the Trout Creek trail (no one but me on the Rooster Rock trail). Only a few downed trees, but it’s February, so... Will definitely come back. :)

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Ian Kimball
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Im probably just a dummy but I couldn’t believe that the stretch from Trout Creek to Rooster trailhead in this “loop” is 2 miles of walking on a sketchy highway! Or at least I couldn’t locate a trail. Since I’ve absolutely no interest in walking in the road I turned back and did the path back up.... worth the exercise but this is very misleading loop map. I’d recommend just doing Rooster or just Trout- out and back.

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Courtney Jett
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01/22/2020. Only a few blowdown. Trail in great shape, and easy to access even in winter, parking lot at hwy. Huge elev. gain hike. Rooster Rock Trail 3399, western hemlock, Dougfir, pacific rhododendron, Pacific Madrone, Swordfern, salal, creeping oregongrape, deer fern, beargrass, ... — flushed a Ruffed Grouse! Canada Jay, VATH, lots of Brown Creepers; GCKI, RBNU, Hairy and Downy WO, raven, poss a Strix sp. owl called.

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Abby D
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We made it all the way up! Recorded only the way down. The incline was very steep the entire way. We didn’t see any views because it was pouring rain. It was still a wonderful hike.

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Abby D
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Turned around after the sun set. Beautiful trail can’t wait to go back and finish it!

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Deanna Rounds
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Very steep constant incline. Never had knee issues before or since but coming down from Rooster rock caused damage to both knees. Almost had to be carried. Two days of icing and a pain I can't describe. Note; the view was good but limited at the top. Was a great workout but I won't do this one again. Take lots of water! You'll need it.

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Gary Beaver
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Tough grind up the shorter trail today. The eastern trail is much steeper and really doesn’t give you any relief. Great conditioner for working up to longer and steep hike, that is why I chose this hike.

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Gary Beaver
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HikingOver grown

Hiked this trail 7/24/19, weather conditions were great with good visibility. Hiked from trout creek side up and back and it took me 1.42 to the top. The trail is a overgrown in areas and makes you look down more instead of gazing at the beautiful scenery. Climb is steady and more challenging as especially the last 1/2 mile or so. Clear day and I could see alway to the Three Sisters Mountains in the distance. Overall a great challenging hike.

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Jen Skunk
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The “loop “actually just makes you walk on the highway for a few miles. If I did it again I would do it as an out and back. Beautiful and intense though!

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Anna Quinton
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HikingBlowdown

Blowdown was navigable. Intimate view of the North and Middle Sisters from the top. Great workout. Not another soul on the trail.

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Tanya Young
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Blowdown is bad first 1/4 mile or so. It gets better although still some downed trees on climb. Did Rooster Rock as an out and back 4.5 mil total and 2000+ feet of gain. Good conditioning hike through lovely forest. Not meant to be Iron Mountain...thankfully, as less people. Pretty viewpoint and rock is massive. Worth doing.

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Carl Hanson
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went in Feb it was fine....now completely blocked with down trees might be awhile before it's cl e ared 3/15/19

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Leesha Carson
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hard hard hard but love the challenge and the views!

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Carlea Freeman
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This hike is a challenge! We took the longer, less steep route, but it was still a major climb. The terrain remains the same throughout the hike and isn't as beautiful as many of our Oregon hikes. The view from the top is a treat after making the climb though!

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