Chimney Rock

Deschutes-Ochoco National Forest 

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Best time to go: April-December (can be too hot in summer months) 

About this Hike 

Chimney Rock overlooks a bunchgrass landscape that has been etched by the beautiful cliff-rimmed canyon of the Crooked River. This hike climbs out of the canyon and past a dry waterfall to an overlook with great views. Just beyond is Chimney Rock where you can see cliff swallow nests, multi-colored lichens, and a view that (on clear days) extends to the Three Sisters.

History of the Area 

Chimney Rock is located within the Deschutes-Ochoco National Forest, which encompasses approximately 2.5 million acres. It served as an iconic and helpful landmark along the Oregon Trail during the 19th century.

Getting There

1. From Bend, take Highway 97 to Redmond and follow signs for Prineville. 

2. From downtown Prineville, go south onto Main Street and continue until it becomes Highway 27 (Crooked River Highway).

3. Continue for 10 miles until you see signs for Chimney Rock and eventually reach Bowman Dam. Nearby is Chimney Rock Campground, and the hike begins there.