Smith Rock State Park is located just out of Terrebonne, Oregon - About 10 minutes north of Redmond, take a Right off Hwy 97 on Smith Rock Way. (800) 551-6949 or http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_51.php
*RATED: EASY to Extremely Difficult... Trails and Climbs for ALL ages and fitness levels / Kid-friendly, Pets on leash / Water, flush-toilets, showers and tent-camping available / Viewing-area from parking lot, paved and Wheelchair-accessible / Rough, graveled trails to dirt paths.
Smith Rock State Park - Terrebonne, Oregon ~ In Terrebonne, turn east and drive on Smith Rock Way about a mile. You will drop down into a canyon, getting your first full view of the Smith Rock formation. Take a left at the bottom of the steep hill and stay on that road as it makes a 90-degree right-turn after another mile. Follow signs. Or, just head toward the rock!
Erupting volcanoes and lava flows with a river running through it evidently created this amazing geologic wonder of Central Oregon. Sheer cliffs majestically rise 600 feet above the canyon floor, creating an awe-inspiring view, even from a ways away and even more from close-up. Differently-colored and -textured layers can be seen in the rock walls.
Photographers ~ Smith Rock is a paradise for photographers, along with the hikers and rock-climbers. During different seasons of the year, in different types of weather, in harsh sunlight, muted sun, mists, overcast ... the rocks have an amazing array of color ranging from yellow/orange, brown, gray, green, pink and reddish. Occasionally you will see a rainbow or an amazing sunset color the sky over the dramatic rock formations. Every day, at every time of day, there is opportunity for catching an awesome photo! Almost always there are climbers who are on the climbing routes to also present photo-ops!
Wildlife and Fowl abound along the trails, in the water and in the sky... otter, beaver, geese and ducks, golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer--and an occasional rattlesnake sunning on a rock... so if you are in the remote areas of the park, watch where you step!
You might spot a delicate Mariposa Lily amongst the dry high-desert grasses, sagerush and junipers. Beautiful afternoon reflections of the orange rock-face mirrored in the Crooked River creates a scenic delight.
Rock-Climbers ~ With hundreds of climbing routes, ranging from easy to very difficult, Smith Rock is known internationally as providing some of the best climbs around--including Christian Brothers, the Dihedrals, Morning Glory Wall, and Monkey Face at the back of the park.
Mountain Bikes & Horse Trails ~ Along Crooked River are trails designated for horses and bikes.
Hiking Trails ~ There are several miles of trails, from fairly easy to very difficult, for hikers of all ages, and pets on a 6-foot leash. The trails wind along the bottom of the cliffs of Smith Rock in both directions along Crooked River. One of the most difficult trails is up the zig-zag trail to the top of Smith Rock by way of Misery Ridge. The last half is very difficult, but once you access the top, the 360-degree view of Central Oregon and the Cascade Mountain Range on a clear day is the most exhilarating experience! You can see as far as Bend and Sisters, and it is a beautiful sight. However, be sure and bring WATER with you, especially on a hot day.
I would recommend doing this hike in the early morning or late afternoon, when it is starting to cool a bit. There is, however, a water fountain by the footbridge, once you make it back down to the Crooked River. Once on the top, you can hike back down the other side of the rocks on a path, but it is a long way around and back to the footbridge. Bring WATER!
Camping ~ A Walk-in bivouac area is available for tent camping, with open flame rules strictly enforced. No RVs/Trailers. Cooking stoves permitted in designated area only. Showers available.
Parking ~ $5 Day Use Fee for parking(camping is included), pets on leash only in park and on trails. Flush toilets and running water available up in the parking area, and water and compost toilets also available down by walking bridge on the Crooked River.
Picnicking ~ Picnic tables and restrooms are accessible from the parking area, and the scenic viewpoint is worth the short walk from the parking area. These trails are paved and wheelchair-accessible. There is a fairly easy hiking trail to the left of the Scenic Photo Viewpoint that has a steady decline down to the river, for those who want a gentler hike. The dirt path off to the right as you descend past the main viewing area is a tougher path and children should be monitored on its descent.
In Summary ~ Smith Rock State Park is definitely worth a stop! From the Scenic Viewpoint observers, to serious hikers, bikers, photographers and climbers, there is something special here for everyone.
Smith Rock State Park
~ Central Oregon Daytrip Hikes & Camping