Smith Rock is Central Oregon's Most Popular State Park

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

If you are planning on seeing one of Oregon's most popular state parks, be sure to get there early.  Smith Rock, located north of Redmond and just east of Terrebonne, is an extremely popular destination for most visitors to Central Oregon as well as those locals just looking to recreate, hike, or rock climb.  The iconic rock formation is credited as being the birthplace of modern American sport climbing and is popular with traditional, multi-pitched and bouldering as well with over 1800 rock climbing routes within the park. Most visitors who are not climbers, will hike on many of the trails scattered around the park, some along the Crooked River and others over the rocks - the most popular being Misery Ridge.

Last Sunday we took a longer hiking route we had never done before - the full 7.5 mile loop around the park which included the Canyon Trail to Wolf Tree to Homestead to Burma Road to Summit Trail to River Trail. The total elevation gain was 1200 feet and we did the hike counter clockwise in order to climb the steep, but not difficult Burma Road which brings you to the high point of the hike early in the day. We arrived at the park before 8 am and already there were many cars parked in the limited parking lot. We paid our $5 park fee and enjoyed the morning hiking. The views after the rain the night before were wonderful and the clean air after the wildfire haze most welcome. The Cascades were hidden behind clouds, but every now and then we could catch a view of one of the peaks scattered with fresh snow. 


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Comments (8)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

What a gorgeous setting at Smith Rock, Lynnea! State and national parks are places anyone can discover and getting out to enjoy is so very healthy.

Oct 12, 2020 05:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow those awesome photos, my father would have loved it, he used to educate and inspire us to see the US .... if it was not for him we would not have seen half of California's landmarks, Endre

Oct 12, 2020 09:49 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Looks gorgeous Lynnea Miller  and from what I hear that part of Oregon is full of beautiful areas.

Oct 13, 2020 12:24 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Lynnea.

Thanks for your information about all the hikes you take in, Oregon.  I appreciate the photos you provide 

Oct 13, 2020 01:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... Smith Rock is beautiful and stunning beyond words. And I have no doubt that in person it's even more so than what your photos show.

Oct 13, 2020 05:17 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, I can definitely see why Smith Rock is Central Oregon's most popular park!!!  Thank you for sharing this with us!!!

Oct 13, 2020 08:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Beautiful. Thank you very much for telling us about your hike and for sharing your photographs.

Oct 14, 2020 06:40 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Lynnea Miller - that is beautiful terrain.  I would love to visit that park.

Oct 30, 2020 04:57 AM

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