Crack in the Ground

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Alacrout
Los Angeles, CA134 contributions
Very cool, but beware of journey
Sep 2020 • Family
NOTE: This is not the easiest place to get to.

You have to go 8+ miles down VERY rough dirt roads to get here. The road was so rough, I stopped about halfway and got out just to make sure my tires were still intact.

Luckily, we drive an SUV that’s in good shape and could handle the rough road... But if you have any doubts about YOUR vehicle, I suggest either skipping this stop or seeing if you can get here in someone else’s vehicle somehow.

Also beware of GPS apps... We used Waze, which tried to be clever and use a couple “shortcuts” to reduce our mileage down the dirt roads. Unfortunately, these “shortcuts” went down even rougher roads. One of them was flooded, so we had to turn around and backtrack. The other, we were able to use, but it involved driving over bushes and bottoming out in spots—definitely not viable for a smaller car at all.

ANYWAY, once you get to the parking lot for the trailhead... I was pleasantly surprised to find a bathroom there. Just a basic shack similar to a porto-potty, but better than nothing.

The trail to the Crack in the Ground is fairly short and very easy.

Once you get to the crack, it’s a one-of-kind experience.

The trail down into the Crack is not quite as easy as the trail to get there. There are some steep drop-offs to climb down. Small children can manage with a lot of adult assistance.

It feels a lot like going down into the Earth itself... Which I guess you kind of are... Aside from the sights, one interesting aspect of the experience is the temperature drops A LOT. It was 100+ degrees at the parking lot, but it dropped down at least into the 60s (if not farther) once we were down in the Crack.

Overall, IF you’ve got a vehicle capable of getting there, I have to recommend stopping here if you’re in the area... I don’t know if we’ll ever be in the area again, as we were passing through on a long road trip, but we may make sure to pass through here again just to have another go at this place.
Written November 12, 2020
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WeAlwaysWAnder
Olympia, WA3,054 contributions
An Experience Like No Other!
Jun 2020
Such a cool experience! Like a slot canyon, but below the earth's surface.... in the middle of nowhere Oregon! Definitely a road trip highlight for us. Some areas are an easy walk within the towering walls - other areas are definitely a scramble. We went early on a June morning and the temperatures in the crack were comfortable, but by the end of our hike up on the surface it was quite warm - dress in layers and bring water. I think we spent about 2 hours exploring but could have easily spent more. I would not miss this if I were in the area - check it out!
Written November 1, 2020
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lrltshw
Plymouth, IN380 contributions
Fun. Different
Aug 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed hiking around this fissure. There is a picnic table and an outhouse too. Not busy. Even though it was hot there’s a breeze.
Written August 19, 2020
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estatebroker
Brush Prairie, WA64 contributions
Interesting very remote short hike
Jul 2020
Interesting Oregon slot canyon, not terribly challenging (66 and 71 years old, relatively fit) 1.7 mile walk, maybe 1/2 mile of that in the slot canyon. Well marked getting to it, not marked when you get there, but look to the right of the picnic table for the entrance. Very interesting how much the temperature changes as you go up and down. I think the maximum change was 25 feet or so. Some of the path looks tough but really isn't once you take it. Very remote so suggest letting someone know when and where you are going and when you expect to be back. We took a 32 ounce water bottle, which was enough for two with an outside temperature of 80 degrees or so.
Written July 12, 2020
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cecilia b
1 contribution
a bit tough for the elderly
May 2020
glad that we finally got here, but at 80 plus it was a bit of a challenge climbing over some of the rocks. We did it though and loved seeing it!
Written May 11, 2020
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Exploration135737
Columbus, OH12 contributions
Zigzag road and zigzag crack
Aug 2019
Road does a lot of zigzagging and scenery on the way is ho hum. But crack in the ground is itself straight, given that the collapsed roof/walls makes for interesting zigzag side walls, my pictures failed to capture the phenomenon. Be prepared for scrambling on rocks, but parts are on smooth sandy floor. Some of the tumbled rocks you can imagine falling on you, but seem stable enough.
Written September 5, 2019
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Carl and Staci
6 contributions
Actually very cool
Jun 2019 • Couples
My cousin had told me about crack in the ground and my wife and I went by to check it out. We got there it was a really hot day but down inside on the trail it was nice and cool. The one main complaint I would have is that at the trailhead it doesn't tell you how far it is to the crack in the ground, but it end up only being a couple 1000 feet of wide easy trail to the entrance of the fissure. I really enjoyed it, I'm actually looking forward to going back and walking the entire trail as we ran out of time. I totally recommend this if you are in the area.
Written July 3, 2019
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Luke S
Bend, OR71 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2018 • Friends
This was my first visit and I was left amazed that something so amazing was in this area and I had never seen it before. We explored for hours and everything was awesome. Definitely recommend checking it out.
Written September 26, 2018
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Karen S
Fairview, OR34 contributions
Worth the trip
Jul 2018
It takes about an hour an a half from Bend Or to travel here. It is an amazing area and worth the drive. Lots to see along the way.
Written August 5, 2018
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Ted B
The Dalles, OR62 contributions
Turn your GPS OFF!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Excellent hot day activity. The crack is nice and cool.
From Christmas Valley, go east on Christmas Valley Highway, past the Christmas Valley Community Church. Look for signs on both sides of the road. Turn left onto Crack In The Ground road. It is gravel, with some rough spots. Two wheel drive OK. Watch out for the end guns on Center Pivot systems. They create deep wet spots on the road, and really spot your finish on very hot days. You will know your are there when you see a BLM toilet building. Park there, and walk east. Follow the path to the crack. You can either go north or south from this point. Some scrambling required to actually get into either crack.
Written July 24, 2018
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