Andy Kerr

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

56. Castle Rock Circumnavigation (Castle Rock Unit)

Suggested Citation: Kerr, Andy. 2000. Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 215.

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What to Expect: Easy hike around a big old volcanic plug

Distance: 4.5-mile loop

Elevation Range: 5,605-6,400 feet

Drinking Water: Yes

Best Times: Spring, summer, fall

USGS 7.5' Map: Castle Rock

Oregon Map Starting Point: Juntura

Proceed northerly on a good county road to the northeast side of Beulah Reservoir. After crossing a bridge over Warm Springs Creek, proceed along the north side of the reservoir to a major intersection in 1.4 miles. Turn north on BLM road (follow signs to Ironside). Drive northerly on the main road 8.4 miles to an intersection where another road comes in from the south. You can car camp here (the best spot) or drive south on the other lower-quality road (additional car camps) 1.1 miles to where a four-wheel-drive track leaves the road for Castle Spring.

From wherever you park, the goal is to circumnavigate Castle Rock. It is approachable from all sides. Backpackers can either camp at Castle Spring or south in the Castle Rock Creek headwaters.