BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK 

 

BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK
                

This was our first trek to the Badlands. We did this hike with a group of cancer survivors and caregivers on a spring day late in April with the temperatures in the low 30s when we left town at 8:30am. We were stripping layers before we reached Flatiron Rock.

 

 

 

 

Hikers can do a 3-mile loop or continue on the Ancient Juniper Trail to Flatiron Rock for a 7-mile hike.

 

    
BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK

 

 

 

The trail is wide and sandy with pine and sagebrush adding a bit of color.

    
BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK

 

BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK
    This sign marks the spot on the 3-mile loop that turns off toward Flatiron Rock (or loops back to the parking lot). Someone wrote "Confusion Junction" to make a point!

 

 

 

 

 

An outcropping of rocks on the left - along with a sign - marks the way to Flatiron Rock.

 

    
BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK

 

 

BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK
     

A narrow trail leads into a series of rocks that form a small canyon.

 

 

 

 

BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK
 

The view from the top of Flatiron Rock looking east ...

 

 

 

 

... and the unparalleled view facing west. On this particular day, we counted ten peaks from Mt. Bachelor to Mt. Hood.

 

    
BADLANDS - FLATIRON ROCK

 

 

 

Elevation Gain: 60 feet to the base of Flatiron Rock.

Trail distance: The Ancient Juniper Trail is a 3-mile loop. The trek to Flatiron Rock and back is a little less than 7 miles.

Rated: Easy

Latitude: 43.57458

Longitude: 121.03082

Directions: From Bend, travel east on Hwy 20. Watch for milepost 16 and turn left onto the short dirt road to an area with ample parking.

Fees: none