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Smith Rock State Park

Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Redmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Rock climbing, Hiking
Traveler Description: One of the great things about Smith Rock State Park is that nearly everybody can enjoy it ... it doesn't matter if you are young, old, sedentary, or... more »
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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I'm probably the last person you would expect to rate a trail in a state park. Sure, I can walk up 5th Avenue from Washington Square to Central Park without stopping for a Mister Softee cone. I have that kind of stamina. But when you're among nature-loving friends you haven't seen in a long time, well, it's worth the effort... More

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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Fun hike and great views of the surrounding area and rock formations! Take plenty of water, camera batteries and enjoy the hike.

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Eugene, Oregon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great, Great, Great! Wort drive from any distance. Great hiking. Highly recommended. Hard to find parking on summer weekends.

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Eugene, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The rock formations are beautiful and dramatic! You can choose your level of difficulty -- walk along the paved trail across from the peaks; head down to the river and gaze up at the formations; or, if you have the skill, climb some of the rocks. There is a $5 fee for day use.

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Redmond, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Smith Rock State Park is a no frills fantastic outdoors experience for the hiker of all levels of expertise! If you aren't into hiking but want a place to exercise your creative photography skills it is also a great place for you. If you just need a tranquil place to recharge from the rat race of daily life on the... More

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Pennsylvania, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Being a middle-age woman from the northeast I wasn't sure when my daughter and son-in-law suggested the hike up "misery ridge" to the top of Smith Rock. I am used to walking, but the new altitude and extreme heat were definitely factors. I was determined to get to the top, so after many short breaks and much patience on their... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The great thing about Smith Rocks is that there is about a hundred different ways to enjoy this park. The scenery is just astounding, which can be seen before even leaving the car. There are little paths and benches around the parking level viewpoint areas, and then trails that lead down to river level and then back up to the... More

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Kent, Washington
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

First Ascent/Chockstone Climbing Guides were great to work with the six kids in our group. Found appropriate levels of climbing and had great personalities for the families to have confidence in. Definitely recommend it for anyone staying at Eagle Crest

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Harrisburg
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Be sure to wear good hiking shoes. The path is narrow and steep. Take plenty of water, and if going in summer, go early in morning as the sun warms the area quickly. The view from the top is spectacular. A bench at top overlooking Monkey face. The trek down is not bad, except then you have to go back... More

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San Diego, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you can't get to Zion or Bryce, then Smith Rock is a good alternative. Large peaks zealously scales by rock climbers makes for some interesting people watching. The trail to Monkey Rock is level and follows the river, so there is beauty all around you.

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