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Rooster Rock Trail

This difficult hike to Rooster Rock (popular with rock climbers) provides a view of the entire South Santiam Canyon
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 6.6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  There are two trailheads to this hike. The one to the West is more of a moderate hike, the one to the East is a steeper more... more »

Tips:  From Sweet Home, travel east on Highway 20 for 22.3 miles and park in the area next to the state highway cinder stockpile. The... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trout Creek Campground

Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Site fee $ 12, Extra Vehicle $5
May - October
24 sites

2. Parking/Trailhead

The trail to Rooster Rock is to the right. To the left is the .3 mile Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail.

Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

3. Trail Junction

Keep uphill here to Rooster Rock. Turn downhill for a much steeper descent down to the highway.

Don't go down here unless you have a second shuttle car, or you want to walk along the highway.

4. Madrone Trees

Madrone is a broadleaf evergreen tree with rich orange-red bark that peels away on the mature wood, leaving a greenish, silvery appearance that has a satin sheen and smoothness. The exposed wood sometimes feels cool to the touch. In spring, it bears sprays of small bell-like flowers, and in autumn, red berries. The berries dry up and have hooked... More

5. Rooster Rock

There is an old abandoned lookout at the summit although nothing really remains of it.

6. Summit Viewpoint

7. Another Parking Location

If you want a much steeper climb start at this parking lot across the highway from Fernview Campground

8. Fernview Campground

The campsites at Fernview Campground are perched high above a scenic portion of the South Santiam River which makes for a beautiful view.

Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Site fee $12, Extra Vehicle $5
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