Explore Fort Rock State Park


Added by Ryan Blake

Distance. 1.7 mile loop. Elevation gain: 250 ft. Amazing panoramic views in "The Oregon Outback" of Fort Rock. Great photography area. Sprawling views. Hike inside the rock structure.

There's a great beginners hike inside the rock crater itself, and if you drive on the dirt road on the south side of the rock you can get to some great vista points and photography spots.

This is great during the day or night (amazing starry views on clear nights), and you can get here any time of year, although Spring, Summer, and Fall are the best.

Getting there: From La Pine, head east on Hwy 31 till you hit County Rd. 5 - 10, left on Cow Cave Lane, and right on County Rd. 5 - 11a. You'll run straight into Fort Rock from there. If you're coming from the east, head west through Christmas Valley, stay on the only paved road that twists and turns northwest and you'll run straight into Fort Rock.

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11 months ago

Yet to hike inside

I’ve yet to hike inside but I explored around here with my family last summer and I’ve been dying to go back to hike inside it!!

Beautiful views

What a day! There’s multiple routes, we went up the steep track that lead to the top of the cliffs and hopped from top to top! It was easy to locate, the area is maintained and there’s camping close to the trails

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