Chimney Peak Trail #3382

Starting from the trailhead on Forest Service Road 2041-646 spur, the trail rapidly descends for 0.75 mile to the Middle Santiam River. You can enjoy exploring Shedd Camp Shelter and a nearby swimming hole.

The trail continues across the Middle Santiam River (no bridge) and travels north through majestic old growth forests. The trail crosses Pyramid Creek (no bridges) before rising to Forest Service Road 2041 (closed in winter.)

Trail crosses Forest Service Road 2041, enters Middle Santiam Wilderness and reaches Donaca Lake in less than three miles. Beyond Donaca Lake, through the heart of the wilderness, the trail gradually gains elevation to the base of Chimney Peak.

Adventurous explorers might want to ascend the rocky peak to the place where a fire lookout once stood.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Self-Issue Permit required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Cascadia and Sweet Home, Oregon
Water: Water from streams and lakes should be filtered or treated.
Information Center: Sweet Home Ranger District

General Information


Access from Chimney Peak Trailhead

General Notes:

Map of Chimney Peak trail

Close to:


8 - 10 vehicles


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
12.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
2300 feet - 4965 feet