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Hole-in-the-Ground is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Rock, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


bird watching

ohv / off road driving


no shade

Hole in the Ground is an explosion crater caused by red hot magma surging upwards under the Earth's crust until contacting groundwater. The resulting explosion blew rock and ash into a perfect circle, one mile across. There is a drivable rim road around and two trails down to the center.

Sat Sep 02 2017

Totally cool just out in the middle of nowhere

Thu Apr 09 2015

have done this many times, breathtaking every time! it is a climb right out of the gate, with elevation it makes it a little tougher but so worth it! it is a must do especially for locals, visitors, if you want awesome views!

Mon May 05 2014

I have edited the directions to this feature to reflect the well posted signage that now exists. I found this geological feature fascinating. The drive was easy, although the gravel road was quite washboarded and bumpy. We parked on the west rim and walked down the steep and dusty direct trail to the bottom of the crater. The pine trees inside the crater are different from the Ponderosa Pines that line the crater. The hike out via the south end is more gradual and easier. Not much at the bottom except some wildflowers and some empty propane tanks that have been used as shooting targets. Didn't see another soul today out here.

nature trips
Sun Mar 31 2013

The directions are bogus! Bummed by all the shooting targets and debris left by rednecks

Sun Mar 31 2013

Do NOT follow the directions on here!!!! Stay on Hwy 31 and there's a sign and the road is on the left. Interesting spot. It's a big hole.

Thu Aug 16 2012

Appropriately named. That's all I'll say.

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Fri Mar 31 2017