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Crack In The Ground

Southeastern Oregon, Oregon

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  • Contributor Daniel Sherman stands at the bottom of one of the deepest sections of the crack.- Crack In The Ground
  • The narrow fissure gets quite deep.- Crack In The Ground
  • Hikers exploring the Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
  • The main entrance to the Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
  • Lots of moss growing on the canyon walls.- Crack In The Ground
  • Some sections are split into multiple paths.- Crack In The Ground
  • Some sections are not that deep.- Crack In The Ground
  • Peering into the Crack in the Ground formation.- Crack In The Ground
  • Some sections are short.- Crack In The Ground
  • Many areas require scrambling over large boulders.- Crack In The Ground
  • Columns have split in the fissure.- Crack In The Ground
  • Some sections are very wide.- Crack In The Ground
  • Minimal information found on the plaque at the trailhead.- Crack In The Ground
  • A very unique place to explore.- Crack In The Ground
  • View into Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
  • Short walking trail into Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
  • Volcanic rock at Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
  • Indian Paintbrush at Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
  • Rock wall detail at Crack in the Ground.- Crack In The Ground
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Unique lava fissure.
Cons: 
Isolated.
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Region:
Southeastern Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,482.00 ft (1,366.11 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Crack in the Ground, or more accurately, volcanic fissure in the ground, resembles a slot canyon - Pacific Northwest style. A pair of igneous cliffs covered in moss stretch up to 70 feet tall from the fissure's bottom, separated by only arm's width in some sections. Birds sail up and down its length, occasionally tending to their nests in its walls. The bottom of the crack, sometimes up to 20 degrees cooler than the surface, can keep ice frozen in the spring. 

This isolated place is truly a unique adventure to experience. Because this fissure is in the arid climate of Christmas Valley, it has not filled with soil and vegetation as do most other volcanic fissures in the Northwest. While it is possible to walk the entire length of the 2 mile crack, several sections are impassible due to rock fall.There is quite a bit of scrambling involved over boulders large and small. The canyon is actually broken up into several gradual entrances and exits of varying in depth and length. A trail along the top of the crack on either side exists as well. Plan to spend time exploring the crack!

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