Top Five Hikes at Smith Rock State Park

Top Five Hikes at Smith Rock State Park

Breathtaking views, towering rock spires, world class rock climbing, and miles of epic hiking trails are waiting for you at Smith Rock State Park.

Smith Rock State Park is an easy 45 minute drive North of Bend Oregon and it’s the perfect high desert location for sun, views, exploration and scenic hiking. From easy to difficult trails, you’ll find one to fit your preference and I promise all of them come with a view. 

And, wondering what to take on your hike? Then check out our Day Hiking Checklist for tips and recommendations on what to bring.

So grab pack and get ready for scenic hiking at Smith Rock with are our top five hikes to get your blood pumping and your eyes exploring.

  • Misery Ridge Loop. Ok, I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds, in fact it’s 100% worth it for the views. This 3.7 mile loop starts with an easy walk down to the river, then the steep switchback climb begins. At the top you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Cascade Mountains, Monkey Face Rock, and the Central Oregon valley floor. You’ll continue your hike along the ridge and then descend along switchbacks back to the bottom where it’s a flat and enjoyable hike back to the car.
  • Crooked River Trail. An out and back 4.5 mile trail for all skill levels that follows along the Crooked River. It offers views of sheer cliff walls dotted with rock climbers, cloud and rock reflections on the calm Crooked River, and local desert plant and wildlife. And, during spring and summer months be sure to look up because you might spot eagles nesting on the rock walls.
  • Homestead Trail. A less trafficked 2.3 mile out and back trail that follows the Crooked River. This is a great trail for a picnic among the large boulders that line the Crooked River. If you don’t have much time but want a good lock at Smith Rock with fewer people, this is a must!
  • Wolf Tree Trail. A beautiful 2.8 mile out and back trail made for hikers of all skill levels. This part of the Crooked River is a popular hangout for bird life including geese, ducks and elegant Blue Heron. And don’t forgot to look up at the cliff walls above for possible sightings of Eagles nesting.
  • Summit Loop Trail. Want the whole shebang? Then this is it! See all of Smith Rock with this 7.3 mile loop. This trail has scenic and easier hiking that follows along the Crooked River and more challenging switchbacks where you’ll gain elevation and some epic views. So be prepared because it’s a long day and you’ll want to bring plenty of snacks and water. But it’s worth it for the all the views of Smith Rock State Park in one challenging and epic hike.
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