Central Oregon's Diverse Landscape...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC Oregon - 200110190

...It's as easy as a day at the park - Smith Rock State Park that is!

Most people, when they think of Oregon immediately think of our lush valleys with verdant hillsides, vineyards, orchards and the like, or of our beautiful rugged coastline with crashing surf and rocky drops to narrow beaches. 

Another favorite vista, is the Cascade Mountain Range with its rocky peaks and almost year round dusting of snow.  In Central Oregon this is our predominant view, you can drive just about anywhere and see Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, The Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson... on a really clear day you can even add Mt. Hood to the list.  But my favorite views are not necessarily of this beautiful mountain range, but of the world renown climber's paradise Smith Rock.


Cattle Ranch enroute to Smith Rock

Just a short drive from north Redmond and east into Terrebonne; down a meandering country road of small cattle ranches and hobby farms Smith Rock rises on the horizon.  

Smith Rock State Park

The Nez Pierce and other regional tribes thought the rocks here held power and considered this to be a magical place.  At times there is an almost spiritual feeling, especially at dawn when Smith Rock is bathed in a rose to tangerine glow.

Smith Rock State Park

 Smith Rock is a great place to hike and has trails for the novice and expert alike; click here for a trail guide. It can be a goat scramble so where sturdy hiking shoes and layered attire, the weather can be chilly in the morning and evening and down right toasty at mid day when the high desert sun bakes the rocks. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand as well. And if you're a climber this is absolutely paradise but since I'm afraid of heights, here is a better guide to the challenges available to you at Smith Rock State Park.


Comments (16)

Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

Hi, Cat:

What a beautiful place to go for a hike and a picnic. Thanks for the great photos!



Oct 14, 2008 09:43 AM
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Gorgeous vistas Cat. It almost makes me move over the mountains. Actually, I have always been an east of the mountains man, I lived in LaGrande for 10 years.

Oct 14, 2008 10:59 AM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Fred & Robin - Thank you for the compliments...come visit anytime!

Oct 14, 2008 11:37 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Cat, Those pictures are just gorgeous!  I miss Mountains all the time but these are truly spectacular and it sure makes me want to visit Oregon!

Oct 14, 2008 02:37 PM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Carole- at just 15 minutes from office I go here to decompress. It's a fabulous place to just breathe!

Oct 15, 2008 03:23 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Cat- I totally enjoyed this especially the reference to the Indian Tribe;s reference to the Rock being a magical place.  I am bookmarking this so I can go there.  Thank you, I hadn't heard of this before :)

Oct 15, 2008 12:19 PM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Kathy- I think the climbers really know it, but the hiking is great just skip July or August as it's too hot!

Oct 15, 2008 02:16 PM
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Mortgage Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | First Federal Bank of Florida, Ocala, FL - The Villages, FL
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Cat - wonderful information and pictures. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to get up there with my family to check this area out.

Oct 15, 2008 04:58 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

This is just one of the reasons I love Oregon so much, you don't have to drive more than a few hours to get something completely different than where you are at. I've been camping all over Oregon and I have to say, there is something new around every corner.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Oct 21, 2008 06:25 PM
Rebecca Anne Cole
PNC Mortgage - Timonium, MD

These are gorgeous photos- it looks so peaceful and serene.  Thanks for posting.

Oct 22, 2008 06:30 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good morning Cat, I stopped by to thank you for commenting on my blog and to see what was going on in Oregon.  You are right.  When I think or Oregon, I think of all these hills, mountains and especially all those pine trees. My wife's sisters and mother live in Myrtle Creek, OR. I love the landscape, but thanks for showing me the views I was not familiar with. Great photography!


Apr 17, 2014 10:55 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Such beautiful country and great photos to show it off.. I would imagine that trail hiking is very popular through much of the country you write about. 

Jun 18, 2014 10:43 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Cat,

Wow, Oregon really looks like a beautiful place. We're definitely going to have visit sometime.

Jul 02, 2014 11:36 AM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Thanks Wayne & Jean Marie, 

  I was just hiking there with a fellow AR Broker from Texas last weekend. I will have to do a new post as I also showed them the River Trail Below Eagle Crest Resort and kayaking on Elk Lake! 

Jul 02, 2014 11:56 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Cat, I've been told that Oregon and Washington should be on my bucket list and I agree by your photos...beautiful!

Jul 07, 2014 07:45 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Cat Zwicker, CRS

That really is some pretty amazing landscape. You live in one beautiful state indeed

Jan 21, 2015 10:27 AM