Balancing Rocks Overlook

Ghostly pedestals on the canyon’s rim

COVID-19

We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as we operate our park and recreation facilities.

Face coverings are currently required statewide and at our recreation sites for indoor public spaces at all times.

They are required for outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit the OHA.

For recommendations on how to protect yourself while at parks, visit the CDC.

WILDFIRES

Area wildfires affected our parks along the Clackamas River and in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Here is the status of our parks:

  • Limited access: Timothy Lake’s trails are open; however, the road along the south shore remains closed by Forest Service orders. The lake and trails are accessible by foot, bicycle and horse from nearby trailheads.
  • Closed indefinitely: Timber Park, Faraday Road, Promontory Park (effective 11/1), Clackamas River Access Sites and Lake Harriet



Beyond Cove Palisades State Park and over miles of winding back roads, more than 30 pillars stand guard over the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook. If you’re in the area, this short, barrier-free hike to see Oregon’s “hoodoos”—towering rock formations that are more than 20,000 years old—is well worth the time.

Balancing Rocks is located in the Deschutes National Forest. PGE manages this site in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Balancing Rocks Overlook details

Balancing Rocks is open year-round for day use only. Please check weather and road conditions.

Be sure to also take a look at our Parks & Recreation Rules.

Directions

From Cove Palisades State Park, head east on SW Jordan Rd to Grandview. Turn left on SW Graham Rd. This will become Montgomery Rd/County Rd 64; look for a small trailhead on the right.

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.