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Smith Rock State Park, Redmond

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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. Arrange to visit Smith Rock State Park and other attractions in Redmond using our Redmond holiday planner.
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  • This is a nice state park with easy access. Ample parking along the rim with trails looking across the river gorge. There are hiking trails with good access down the main trail to the river. A popular...  more »
  • Breathtaking high desert views that will leave you speechless. See Golden Eagle‚Äôs perched near the top cliffs, Deer, waterfalls, and wildflowers in June.  more »
  • We did the Misery Ridge/Mesa Verde/River Trail loop of about 4 miles. We did this on 6/9/17. High that day was about 60 degrees. We came prepared with layers, water-resistant jackets, food and ponchos...  more »
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  • An absolute gem! Whether you're a rock climber, bird watcher, photographer, nature lover... whatever, this park will blow you away! It's only 600+ acres but it is filled with gorgeous views and opportunities to climb and hike, etc. It is home to nesting bald and golden eagles, otters, etc. and has the only 5.14c rated climb in the US. Camping is walk-in bivouac, or tent only. The camp hosts are wonderful people who couldn't be more helpful. Best to come early on the weekend to secure a spot as once the parking lot is filled there are no more spots available. There are bathrooms and showers available and a very cordial atmosphere as the climbing community are a welcome bunch.
  • Such an incredible natural wonder. No trip to Central Oregon would be complete without it. Keep in mind that, while trails are beautiful, there are really no safety features. It's a great place to observe rock climbers. I would hesitate to bring young children here or children who tend to wander or run. There are limited restroom facilities. There's a minimal cost for access in the parking area. Parking is available, but at high traffic times, it can be very full. Morning and evening are spectacular.
  • Really awesome State Park. Has actives for all types; Hikers, horseback, rock climbers, and camping. Has a great day hike that loops around the state park. Misery Ridge is a great moderately challenging hike that has great views of the cascade range. Has a nice creek in the center to cool off in on a hot day.
  • Great place to hike! All trails are marked with easy to read signs. Beautiful views of natural landscapes and Monkey rock. Take plenty of water as there is no water other than the entrance of the trails. Take your time to soak it all in. Will definitely go back.
  • Well organized, accessible, with trails for multiple skill levels. The nice thing is how many hiking, climbing, and river activities are all concentrated in an area. I hiked up and around the rock for a quick day hike while coming through town, would recommend!