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Rooster Rock (Columbia Gorge)

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Rooster Rock reflecting (bobcat)


Rooster Rock is a 120-foot Wanapum basalt monolith that is actually part of a landslide that originated from the large bowl between Crown Point and Chanticleer Point. The Bretz (Ice Age) Floods eroded away all the soft material from the landslide, and Rooster Rock and a few other rocky prominences in the area are all that remain. Because of its shape, the rock was named iwash, meaning penis, by the Chinook. Early settlers picked up on that moniker, calling it 'Cock Rock.' Prudish officialdom changed that to the current name when it was added to maps.

Lewis and Clark camped near here on November 2nd, 1805. A small cannery operated in the cove just west of Rooster Rock in the late 19th/early 20th century. The pilings are still there.

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