Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Indian Rock Overlook

The Indian Rock Overlook is situated at a viewpoint that overlooks the beautiful Grande Ronde Valley. The overlook structure was built by the combined efforts of USDA Forest Service and Army National Guard 1249th Engineering Battalion personnel.

The Overlook is located near a major route traditionally used by Native Americans while transiting the Blue Mountains into the Grande Ronde Valley.

Awe aptly describes the feeling when considering the length of supply and mail wagon routes as well as herds of pig, cattle and sheep, which regularly traveled the length of the valley from the ranches, orchards and settlements once scattered about upon the valley floor.

Visitors will enjoy inspiring views of crop fields set in a patchwork quilt pattern. The fields below are growing bearing mint, wheat, barley, alfalfa, sugar beets, safflower, grapes, and lavender.

Across the valley towers the majestic Eagle Cap Wilderness. Let your imagination soar as you enjoy a picnic inside or outside of the shelter.

Site Features & Services:

Fee : Not required
Potable Water : None on site
Elevation : 3100?
No. and type of sites : 2 picnic sites
Road Access : dirt and gravel
Accessible sites: 1 fully-accessible toilet
Campground HOST: None on duty
Use:

Moderate use in summer and fall. Occasional use in winter.

Activities:

Picnics
Dispersed camping
Nearby OHV Trails
Hiking
Mountain biking (non-FS site)
Hunting (non-FS site)
Berry Picking
Mushrooming
Snowmobiling
Cross Country Skiing (non-FS site)

The site is a great place to go for solitude and stunningly panoramic views of the Grande Ronde Valley. The landmark precipice towers above the fertile valley floor one thousand feet below. The site is a wonderful picnic location and has been used as the beginning of a challenging route for mountain bicyclists riding down Mt Emily trails. The area is also well known for its rich wildlife viewing opportunities.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
P.O. Box 907
1550 Dewey Avenue
Baker City, Oregon 97814
TDD (541) 523-1405
(541) 523-6391

Directions

From La Grande ? take Fox Hill Road take FR 3120 to site. From Pendleton ? I84E to Mt Emily Summit Road / FR 31. Stay on FR 31 to site. From Walla Walla, Hwy 11 to Weston, Hwy 244 beyond Tollgate to FR 31. Stay on FR 31 until you reach the site.