nature trips





trail running

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver. Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and strongly encourage all park users to stay on trails. Note: Open fires prohibited at all times. There is a designated place for cooking with propane and white gas stoves. Cooking is not allowed anywhere else in the park. Gas lanterns are also prohibited. Smoking is only allowed in vehicles.

AMAZING hike and views! Definitely a difficult hike, but worth it! My all time fav!

10 days ago

Easygoing trail for the family and pup. Enjoyed watching the rock climbers. A little busy for a cloudy February weekend but I don’t mind. I have never seen so many dogs on a trail before though. Good puppy training. I look forward to coming back for a run and hiking across Misery Ridge when he’s a bit older.

Great hike, not long with some challenge, we ended up adding the summit trail to make it more challenging.

14 days ago

Intended to make the whole trail but doubled back at about the same point indicated on the AllTrails map - Got caught in a thunder-and-hail-storm!! The day, and the hike, both started out glorious: Blue skies, warm temps in July. I let the river set my hiking pace and I took my time taking photos of everything. Very calm hike: Fun to watch the climbers on the rock face, the raptors in the air, and the swallows and swifts over the river. And, as is appropriate for the area, an afternoon thunderstorm kicked up and DUMPED on my partner and I. No regrets and I look forward to returning to complete the loop.

Smith Rock trails never disappoint.

Climbed a few routes on the koala, loved the trail. spectacular day for February. came out under cover of headlamps with zero problems.

Love it when I'm there to hike, hate it when I'm there to climb. But this trail always commands some of the most breathtaking sunsets in Oregon. Always a top pick.

It gets very warm and the incline is demanding in hot weather. Take plenty of water

Amazing hike, perfect weather just the right amount of challenge.

Great hike. I would recommend doing this loop counter clockwise, knocking out the hard part first, then enjoying the views and relaxing the rest of the way. The part that follows the river, especially on the backside is so peaceful and relaxing. Lots of waterfowl to be seen. Will definitely be doing this hike more often.

Totally kicked my out of shape butt! Loved every minute of it! Very scenic and great inviting atmosphere!

Great hike with great views.

If you'd rather go down stairs than up walk along the river first. The climb is long on the back side but anything to avoid hoisting yourself up several sets of stairs. Can't wait to come back and try some other loops.

24 days ago

Really busy Saturday in January. 55 and sunny so decided to skip Misery and head in the opposite direction as everyone then double back around river. Loved every second of this. It was like an outdoor playground for humans. Caves and rock climbers and dogs everywhere, if you head this way early you. Can avoid others pretty well. Bald eagle and golden eagles around. Will be back to do misery & summit trails.

It was super scary but totally worth it!!!

This place is amazing it gets crowded really fast so make sure you go as early as possible!!

Breathtaking but hard

Pretty hard not going to lie, but well worth it! Decided to go left on the trail and hike by the river before going up Misery Ridge and I think it was way better than going up all those stairs. Beautiful hike!

1 month ago

Great hike, especially for kids. There is sometimes a park ranger along the trail with a telescope and he will let you look through at the bald eagles if they are perched in the canyon. The trail can be crowded during peak season and the parking lot fills up FAST. Kids will get a kick out of spotting the rock climbers along the trail

A great hike and a great workout. This hike needs to be on every Oregonians bucket list.

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