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Climb this chimney, but don't get burned!
Chimney rock is a huge rock formation about 50 feet tall and a great unique area for climbers and hikers who are comfortable with rock climbing. You'll need a high-clearance vehicle or an ATV to get to this remote area and some patience. This is still an enjoyable hike, even if you are not a climber and you choose not to climb Chimney Rock. The many rock formations in the area photograph well and the scenery all around is very nice.
Climbing Chimney Rock, and other rocks in the area, can absolutely be dangerous and can cause injury or death if you don't know what you're doing. Only attempt this climb if you are comfortable and experienced with climbing.
Start off hiking east down the road toward Chimney Rock. Within about 1/2 mile, you should see Chimney Rock, the tallest rock structure in the area. Continue down to the road until you see a junction very close to the rock. There's a road that circles around Chimney Rock so you can see all views of this unique structure.
There is a barbed wire fence that goes around this rock structure, but I didn't see any signs saying "keep out" or "no trespassing". Climbing Chimney rock without ropes is possible on the west face for experienced hikers and people comfortable with climbing. Ropes will need to be used along the other faces. There are several metal rings at the top which are intended for rope climbers. Remember that there are multiple ways to climb this rock if you choose to climb it and many more bad ways than good ways. Remember to be safe at all times.
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