Home to a 168 m (550 ft) tall volcanic rock formation featuring nearly 2,000 climbing routes, Smith Rock State Park is one of the world's capitals of rock climbing. Set on 259 ha (641 acres) of semi-forested, high-desert landscape, the park is also home to plateaus and the winding Crooked River. Hike along its network of trails through the canyons. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of local wildlife, such as golden eagles and otters. If you're a climber, indulge in this world-class opportunity to clamber up the sheer cliff face. From a higher vantage point, you'll be rewarded with views of Deschutes County and the distant Cascade Mountains. Put Smith Rock State Park into our Redmond road trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Redmond.
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I always like to do Smith Rock a family adventure because every time I get there I go to a different trail, the views are amazing, every corner has its unique beauty! We love it.
I always like to do Smith Rock a family adventure because every time I get there I go to a different trail, the views are amazing, every corner has its unique beauty! We love it. more »
Went here on our skiing day off & so glad! We hiked the River trail to the left around back where we then caught the Mesa Verde into the Misery by the Monkey Face Rock and came up across the top...
Went here on our skiing day off & so glad! We hiked the River trail to the left around back where we then caught the Mesa Verde into the Misery by the Monkey Face Rock and came up across the top... more »
Great park with tons of trail options for most skill levels. The scenery here is gorgeous, and you get to see an amazing variety of the creation. Bring plenty of water and dress lightly, but beware of the cold wind on the west side of the rocks. Also to note, the path can be quite slippery with the loose gravel and steep incline.
What a beautiful place. It feels like another planet. It's much bigger than it seems, you'll realize that when you spot tiny little climbers on the rock face. The winding river is a nice reminder you're not on Mars. There was NO PARKING on a Thursday afternoon, and there's a ton of spots. There were trains of people going up the trails. I couldn't believe how crowded it was. Parking isn't free, but you can get an annual state park pass if you travel Oregon alot (who wouldn't). Bring extra water and a sun hat, it gets really hot once you start hiking, as the sun reflects off of the rock. There's no shortage of views so bring an extra battery and SD card for your camera. The trail can be pretty steep with loose gravel, so I would keep that in mind if you bring someone elderly. However there are plenty of amazing views from a picnic table at the lot.
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