Hole in the Ground is a crater created by a volcanic steam explosion, also known as a maar. Some people previously claimed this nature’s wonder is a result of a meteoroid hitting Earth, but this is not correct. Just like Fort Rock, Hole-in-a-ground is of a volcanic origin.
The site is located in Central Oregon about 7 miles away from Fort Rock. The hole is roughly 300 feet in depths and a mile in width. The crater is practically a clear area with occasional trees here and there.
One 2-mile out and back trail would take you around the crater, while two others of a half-mile in length lead you to the crater’s bottom. Hole in the Ground is accessible year-round unless the temporary closure by snow.
Hole in the Ground | General Description
Location: Fort Rock Basin
Activities: Hiking, nature viewing, photography
Accommodations: La Pine, Bend
Trail Distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)
Hike difficulty level: Moderate
Elevation gain: 400 ft (122 m)
Road access: High-clearance vehicle is recommended, the road can be inaccessible in winter
Day-use fees: Free
Elevation: 4,600 ft (1,402 m)
Hole in the Ground is located:
- 58 miles southeast of Bend
- 134 miles east of Eugene
- 239 miles southeast of Portland.
From La Pine,
- Drive 2 miles south on Highway US-97 to Highway OR-31
- Turn left onto Highway 31 and travel 25 miles to the Forest Road NF-3125 between mileposts 25 and 26
- Turn left onto NF-3125, go 0.8 miles then slight left to stay on NF-3125 for 0.3 miles
- Turn right onto NF-200 and continue 0.2 miles/
- Bear left for NF-3130 and continue for 1.3 miles to NF-200.