Devil’s Head at Chimney Rock

At the start of the Skyline trail just above the top of Chimney Rock, one may notice a menacing rock face peering out over the Gorge. On even closer inspection, it appears to have taken on the countenance of evil incarnate – it’s the Devil’s Head! How did this rock form itself into such a shape?

A long time ago a huge sheet of rock slid down the mountainside and broke into many pieces, one of which came to rest on this ledge. The facial features of the boulder are due to differential weathering of Henderson Gneiss rock. More resistant parts of the rock form the eyebrow, nose, chin and ear, while softer layers have eroded out, shaping the eye and the mouth.

Devil's Head at Chimney Rock

Devil’s Head at Chimney Rock

Devil's Head Rock Formation

Devil’s Head Rock Formation