Exploring China Hat Road

Early Thursday afternoon, we decided to hop into the car and do a little auto touring to see what we could find. Our plan was to take China Hat Road, from Bend, into the eastern side of Deschutes National Forest.

This road quickly became an unpaved road that went from open high desert into thick pine forest, and back to high desert. Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Fort Rock State Natural Area. As we approached from the north, this old tuff ring looked like large fort sitting on the high desert floor.

Viewing from the south, the remains of the tuff ring became obvious. Walking the trail around the inside of the tuff ring gave us an opportunity to stretch our legs before heading back to Bend. It was fun to be back exploring again!

Map that was captured by our new Spot Gen3.

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