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- The Crooked River has cut a deep canyon through the basalt of Central Oregon.
- A side trail drops down to the Crooked River. A deep pool of water eddies beside the trail.
- Rapids in the Crooked River provide a nice backdrop of sound as you hike along this section of trail.
- The Crooked River is the main attraction of this hike. The vegetation in the area is sparse and brushy.
- There is a lot of columnar basalt along this hike. The columns are hundreds of feet tall.
- Vegetation does not get much moisture in the canyon. This dead sage bush attests to the harsh conditions near the river.
- The Crooked River turns into Lake Billy Chinook at the turnaround point of the hike. High basalt cliffs provide a nice vantage point.
- Junipers, Sagebrush, thistles, and grasses dominate the landscape along the Otter Bench Trail.
- Bleached bones attest to the survivor of the fittest maxim.
- Looking downriver on the Otter Bench Trail shows the near-desert scenery of the area. The wide-open spaces make for a tranquil hike.
- Columnar basalt forms high cliffs along part of the Otter Bench Trail.
- Rapids in the Crooked River would have made it difficult for early pioneers to navigate the river. The deep gorge made crossings few and far between in this area.