Mountain Views From Flatiron Rock

Central Oregon Nordic Club members hiked to Flatiron Rock in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness on Sunday, Nov. 25.

“We got blue sky, a warm enough day to take jackets off, a skiff of snow underfoot, and 360-degree views of snow-covered mountains from up on Flatiron,” says group leader Linda Frost. “The fantastical weathering in the canyons on Flatiron was well worth the six-plus mile hike by itself.”

The Bureau of Lands Management says the Flatiron trail skirts the flank of a relatively nondescript Badlands shield volcano and gently descends to an unusual rock outcropping known as Flatiron.

“Here, one can walk in an oblong-shaped moat, or crack for a lunar-like hiking experience,” the BLM says.

(Photos by Molly Connors and Jeanni Capell)