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Deschutes County

Smith Rock Hike

At your ability and comfort take a walk into nature at Smith Rock State Park! It can be a guided tour with Jennifer Kennedy or hike at your leisure knowing supportive community is around. You can get a ticket, it only serves as an RSVP.

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Smith Rock Hike
Smith Rock Hike

Time & Location

Apr 20, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Deschutes County, Oregon 97760, USA

About the event

At your ability and comfort take a walk into nature at Smith Rock State Park! 

It can be a guided tour with Jennifer Kennedy or hike at your leisure knowing supportive community is around. 

There is a $5 dollar day pass parking fee unless you have a State Park Pass. Carpool with friends. If funds are an issue request a one time fee at pflagcentraloregon@gmail.com

From Jennifer Kennedy 

Here's a brief outline of our hike - View Map Link for reference. 

1. Meet at the first parking lot, a left turn from the main entrance after the overnight camp area referred to as "Bivouac Campground".

2. Walk to the climber over night bivouac campground and go to the rim overlook to view the bald eagle nest. .2 miles

3. Leave bivouac camp and take the Rope-de-dope trail down to the canyon bottom and the river. .5 miles

4. Hike Canyon Trail to the footbridge over the river.

5. If time allows we could cross bridge turn left onto the River Trail and hike half mile to the bend in the river where we can view the late afternoon sunset reflection on the river. .5 miles

6.Turnaround time. Head back to the bridge and climb up out of the canyon. .5 miles

7. Hike the Rim Rock trail back to the parking lot. .2 miles.

This time of year Park weekends can be extremely busy and parking could be a problem. There is a small lparking area at the Bivouac camp where I can usually find parking in years past. I do not know if that option still exists. 

Photo Credit: Smith Rock State Park, August 23, 2010.

Tuff of Smith Rock along the Crooked River along the Wolf Tree Trail near the Horse Ford in Smith Rock State Park. Courtesy Jason McClaughry, Ore. Dept of Geology and Mineral Ind.

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