Chimney Rock

Prineville, Oregon

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No, this isn’t the iconic rock from the Oregon Trail. Surprisingly, that famous landmark is in Nebraska. This is Oregon’s Chimney Rock, and it’s located in the gnarled wonder of the Crooked River Gorge. Just downstream of the Prineville Reservoir, you’ll ?nd a lush, grassy oasis underneath high basalt canyon walls. Anglers love this stretch of river, and on any given day you’ll see them wading into the shallow river among blue herons, both trying to get closer to their catch.
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

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Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

by Brittany Manwill (The Mountaineers Books)

No, this isn’t the iconic rock from the Oregon Trail. Surprisingly, that famous landmark is in Nebraska. This is Oregon’s Chimney Rock, and it’s located in the gnarled wonder of the Crooked River Gorge.

Just downstream of the Prineville Reservoir, you’ll ?nd a lush, grassy oasis underneath high basalt canyon walls. Anglers love this stretch of river, and on any given day you’ll see them wading into the shallow river among blue herons, both trying to get closer to their catch.

© 2016 Brittany Manwill /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Prineville
Distance: 2.75
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Local Contacts: BLM Prineville District
Local Maps: BLM Prineville Reservoir Recreation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Chimney Rock

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