Hiking

Hiking to Castle Rock

Castle Rock From Harris Creek
Castle Rock From Harris Creek

I had seen this large rock from Harris Creek and decided that I would someday like to explore it. It took me quite a few attempts before actually ever making it to the rock.

Karma Breaking out of the Bushes
Karma Breaking out of the Bushes

On the first attempt, Karma and I took our mountain bikes up the trail. It is a fairly short ride on a mountain bike as the trail soon ends and a good knowlege of cross country navigation on foot begins.

Karma taking a Break
Karma taking a Break

Hank on the Logging Road
Hank on the Logging Road

I am guessing this area was logged or mined quite extensively in the past. There are remnants of an old road and a lot of cables and old hardware around.

Bobeau on the Logging Road
Bobeau on the Logging Road

Moss on a Tree
Moss on a Tree

The area after entering the forest is amazingly dense and damp. The immediate change from a desert environment to one with so much moisture is very interesting.

Glimpse of Castle Rock Through the Trees
Glimpse of Castle Rock Through the Trees

Every once in a while the forest will clear enough to get a view of the rock. This is about where the trail ends and a compass and GPS are handy to stay on target with the rock as cross-country travel by foot is necessary. It's size makes judging distance to it more challenging.

Bobeau has been a good hiking partner for many years.
Bobeau has been a good hiking partner for many years.

Back of Castle Rock
Back of Castle Rock

We finally made it to the Rock! This is the back of the rock. On the topo maps it shows a road coming in from this side but I don't think it is accessible anymore due to its closure by private land that it crosses.

View from Rock
View from Rock

I traversed on the ledge out to the end to take some photos of the panorama below. There is some pretty major exposure. I bouldered up the back of the rock as well for a ways but began feeling uncomfortable with the situation so turned back before getting to the top.

View to Squaw Butte
View to Squaw Butte

From Castle Rock there is a good view of Squaw Butte and the area between Horseshoe Bend and Emmett

Foot of Castle Rock
Foot of Castle Rock

I hiked around to the bottom of the rock. The perspective is very interesting given that the rock is so forshortened.

Old Log
Old Log

I took a bunch of photos of this old log. I love the patterns and the textures of the forms created both by the wood and the weathering process.

The dogs and I played at Harris Creek before heading back to the City. This is a little video of Hank playing with a stick in Harris Creek


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