Andy Kerr

Conservationist, Writer, Analyst, Operative, Agitator, Strategist, Tactitian, Schmoozer, Raconteur

44. Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock Unit)

Suggested Citation: Kerr, Andy. 2000. Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 189.

by Andy Kerr

What to Expect: A steep but short hike to a rim with Cascade peak views

Distance: 5.2 miles round trip  

Elevation Change: 3,100-3,300 feet

Drinking Water: No

Best Times: All year

USGS 7.5' Map: Stearns Butte

Oregon Map Starting Point: Prineville

Go south on OR 27 approximately 16 miles to Chimney Rock Campground. Park at the trailhead on the rim side of the road. The trail is constructed; it rises quickly to the rim and ends at Chimney Rock. The area is cow-free, so note the desert crust.