Fort Rock State Park has an Easy Loop Hike
By Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon
(Bend Premier Real Estate)
It has been several years since we last visited the Fort Rock area located 67.7 miles SE of Bend in Lake County. Fort Rock itself is a volcanic tuff ring located on an ice age lake bed. The ring is about 4,460 feet in diameter and stands about 200 feet high above the surrounding area. Its name is obvious from its resemblance to the tall, straight walls of a fort.When we arrived at the state park February 6th, we saw just a handful of people using the facility. We hiked the 1.1 miles around the interior of the crater, but then scrambled up the far side to the rim which provided for nice views of the mountains to the west. The hike itself was easy and would be very warm in the summer. We had hoped to combine this trip with another hike in the general area - Hole in the Ground - but the fo...