Monday, May 31, 2021
After our weekend camping in the Ochocos we made a bit of a detour to hike Chimney Rock before heading home.
The drive down Highway 27 along the Crooked River was quite scenic. We parked at the trailhead and started hiking up the trail under the blazing hot sun:
Hello, little lizard:
We could see the Chimney Rock Campground below on the other side of the highway:
We saw some nice flowers along the way:
Continuing to climb:
Looking down the gulch we just hiked up:
Traversing the slope above the gulch:
At the one mile mark is a nice bench at a viewpoint with views of Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters:
A little further down the trail Chimney Rock came into view:
Crooked River down below:
The trail ends at the base of the rock:
We found a spot in the shade of the rock with a view looking downstream and took a break:
It was a hot hike back to the car as the temperatures started to soar. We didn’t linger at the trailhead and instead headed north a bit before pulling into the Palisades Campground day use area where we took a dip in the river. Man that felt good!
Gaia stats: 2.8 miles, 600′ elevation gain