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Smith Rock State Park, Redmond

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • My wife and I were visiting our daughter in Redmond, and we all did some hiking in this park. It's like a mini-Sedona, Arizona with great trails, either along the Crooked River or up and/or around the...  read more »
  • My boyfriend and I did the Misery Ridge Hike in late September. We did the counter clockwise loop, so we crossed the bridge and immediately started the switchbacks. It was rough, and we're both pretty...  read more »
  • On-line recommendation from Oregon Tourism and we were really looking forward to hiking there. We were not disappointed. Although fairly busy, parking was easy. Its a steep descent to the bottom but t...  read more »
  • One of the coolest, if not the coolest, hiking places we've been to in the country. Bring lots of water and plan for a half day if you can. Take the switch backs up to the falcon rock for killer views. The Horse Ford is crossing the river by foot, no bridge. You can do it barefoot but the rocks are really slippery, water is thigh deep. One of the coolest places in Oregon by far.
  • Exceeded my expectations with the size and great views! Known to be one of the best bouldering and rock climbing areas in the NW United States, Smith Rock also has great trails and photo opportunities. I happened to visit on a weekend when the park was hosting a marathon which made parking very difficult, but all of energy really enhanced the experience.
  • Amazing! Great 7 mile hike around park. Misery trail is worth the discomfort. Awesome views!
  • This is my favorite climbing spot in the United States! There are so many routes and the atmosphere is so calming. There are always places to climb, the camp ground is well maintained, and the park has great, clean bathrooms. It is one of the few parks that uses pine wood shavings in the outhouses and it keeps the small to a minimum.
  • It's places like this that make the PNW so magical! There is every landscape imaginable here. This particular place has a very special place in my heart that is full of fond memories! The park is truly unique and beautiful all in its own right and isn't like anything else if seen, hiked, or experienced anywhere else in the PNW! Smith Rock is a giant rock face that seemingly shot out of the ground in the middle of what is mostly flat agricultural land in central Oregon. There are endless hiking trails, rock faces to climb, and a beautiful river running right through the middle of the park. If you are driving down highway 97 heading toward Bend, OR coming from Mt. Hood. Stop by this phenomenal place, you will never regret it! Remember pack it in, pack it out. Leave No Trace Cheers!
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