Castle Rock

Castle Rock

This is a great place to go while you wait for the higher mountains to start flowering. Although it is a very short hike and at a relatively low elevation, it feels like you are much higher in the mountains because of the serious cliffs below the summit and the wonderful view. It’s an excellent place to look for rock ferns including the uncommon Woodsia scopulina.


Trail: 2.3 miles round trip (3170–3808′)
Location: northeastern Lane County; Willamette National Forest, McKenzie Ranger District
USGS Map: McKenzie Bridge; T16S.R5E.S28
Habitats: rock and cliff, rocky meadow, forest
Bloom: May to mid-July


Take Hwy 126 east past Blue River and milemarker 45. Turn right onto Road 19, The Aufderheide. After 0.5 mile, stay to the left at the first intersection. Follow Road 410 for another 0.4 mile. Turn left onto Road 2639 (King Rd. W.). After 0.5 mile, turn right onto gravel Road 480 (O’Leary Road). After 5.8 miles, the road dead ends at the upper trailhead.

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