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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.
Smith Rock State Park reviews
I love this park because it has different skill level trails, I’ve done the misery ridge a few times and always has a challenging step and fun part. Views are amazing from every single corner, photo..... more
I love this park because it has different skill level trails, I’ve done the misery ridge a few times and always has a challenging step and fun part. Views are amazing from every single corner, photo..... more »
What a remarkable place to visit, photograph, hike bike, rock climb, or just picnic! Stunning topography from river level to top of pinnacle peaks. Birds of prey circling high overhead and ducks...
What a remarkable place to visit, photograph, hike bike, rock climb, or just picnic! Stunning topography from river level to top of pinnacle peaks. Birds of prey circling high overhead and ducks... more »
I wish I was a climber but it was cool to watch the climbers. The hike itself is wonderful and interesting. Glad we mades this stop, You need somewhere between 2 to3 hours depending on how far you...
I wish I was a climber but it was cool to watch the climbers. The hike itself is wonderful and interesting. Glad we mades this stop, You need somewhere between 2 to3 hours depending on how far you... more »
This is an impressive park. We hiked Misery Ridge Trail (in reverse). Instead of going to the right and going straight up, we went to the left and followed the river then went up to the ridge and down the steep part. It was in the 90's when we were there with hardly any shade and the signs posted say to bring water and drink 16-ounces per hour! The trail was difficult in some areas, especially going down Misery Ridge Trail. It is steep and zigzags and you can easily lose your footing and slip. My toes were actually sore and even a little bruised the next day because it was so steep. Using hiking poles would have been a good idea (if I had any). We stopped a lot to take pictures, so it actually took us around 3 hours to do the hike. If we do it again, I would like to go in the spring and start early in the day when it is cool. The views from up top though are amazing! So bring lots of water, where good shoes and bring those hiking poles. There are some flush toilets at the park which is always a plus for me.
No rock climbers in our group, but our group really enjoyed hiking in the rim and river trails in this beautiful park. The rim trail offers nice views for hikers and non-hikers alike. Wide, flat trails, offer easy access to the river and canyon trails below. We had limited time there, so we didn't climb the steep, exposed trails to the top of the mountains. Instead we hiked along the river snapping photos of the impressive cliff faces and scads of climbers. The park was crowded on a cool, sometimes stormy, Spring day, but the trails were never crowded. It's a beautiful place, so I can see why! We'll return to hike over the mountains soon. It will surely be worth the effort.
Awesome hike! My wife and I did a party that ended up being about 3 miles, and the scenery was gorgeous. Went about mid day, and although there were plenty of cars in the parking lot and side road, because the area is so large we hardly ran into anybody. You could spend hours exploring all the twists and turns. You’ll also probably see some rock climbers (experienced and learning)!
Amazing spot for hike and enjoy the nature. Its popular spot so be early to enjoy the peace. You need $5 parking ticket. There are miles of hiking trails mostly easy to moderate. If you wanna go all the way up it would be little bit hard but still not too bad
This is such a stunning state park! Pay the $5 for day parking at the machine and then you’re good to go! Lots of hikes and trails available for all levels and an excellent spot for climbing too. Well worth the visit if you are in the area. Dry and rocky climate.
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