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“Interesting place to visit”

Smith Rock State Park
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Olympia, Washington
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452 reviews
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“Interesting place to visit”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Excellent hiking options with interesting bird life. Just watching the climbers grind their way up the amazing rock faces was interesting all by itself.

Visited August 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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“Beautiful, Bountiful trails, and a little Busy”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

I didn't get to spend a lot of time here, but I definitely want to come back. I went hiking down a little to watch some of the rock climbers and take in the views. It's $5.00 for day use and/or camping. Bring good bills to pay into the ATM like machine. There are water fountains and down by the bridge were water bottles if that fountain isn't working.

There were a lot of people here, but it still felt like an out of the way place to come enjoy.

I liked the yurt built to accommodate a forestry office. It has information about the area as well as examples of local flora. The office is open 8am-1pm.

Visited August 2013
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Gresham, Oregon
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“Rocks, rocks & more rocks”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Smith Rock State Park is an easy destination if you're traveling through Central Oregon along Highway 97 near Redmond. A few miles NORTH of Redmond is the road to Smith Rock, it's in the middle of the great metropolis of Terrebonne. Smith Rock Park is less than three miles off Highway 97, which makes it a great side trip.
The Smith Rock area is a volcano that blew its top, leaving a crater that has partially filled with sand. It's easy to visualize the volcano once you realize that is what caused this formation.

At the park there is an upper level (road level) and a lower level. There are walking trails through out the park, the trails on top are easy, possibly wheel chair and stroller suitable. The trails to the river level aren't very steep, but they do drop down a couple of hundred feet. At the river level, you can get close to the sheer cliffs, which is great for viewing people climbing. There are trails up to the top of the rocks (fairly steep) which allows you to see a great view. The trails to the top make a loop, about two miles.

Make sure you take plenty of water (not soda, sports drinks or flavored anything), it's dry and can get hot in a very short time. I would recommend a quart of water per person if you're taking the upper trails.

While at the park, squish a juniper tree berry and smell the pungent aroma, it will stay with you for about an hour. The rock cliffs have climbing hooks permanently set so that climbers can make the climb without further damaging the rocks. David Potter is a certified climbing guide who operates in the park. He told us that climbing the cliffs with his guidance is fairly easy, and that it only takes about the amount of energy needed to climb stairs. If you're interested in learning about climbing, this is a good place to begin. David's number is: (541) 788-6225

The upper level has ample parking for both auto and RV/bus. There's even a camping area suitable for tents.

There aren't any food or water sources, but with Terrebonne less than three (3) miles away, it's easy to purchase anything you need. The restaurant has good food, the gas/convenience station is well stocked with items you may need, such as sun glasses, etc. All thirty-two people who work at Terrebonne stores are friendly and willing to serve you.

Visited August 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Incredible hike!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was in town visiting some friends and they all said that Smith Rock was an excellent place to get a feel for the beauty of Central Oregon. So I went on a hike there, doing the loop up "misery ridge" and coming back down around the monkey face rock and then hiking through the canyon. It was incredible. The views are amazing and the hike is quite excellent. It was also really fun to stop and watch the rock climbers--there are so many of them doing all sorts of different climbs throughout the park.

Really my only complaint is that the area was quite crowded. But I can hardly blame anyone for that, it's such a great place to visit that you can't keep people away.

Visited July 2013
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“Smith Rock Surprise”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Seen one rock - seen 'em all! Not on your life! This is a gorgeous state park with lots of camping sites and RV spaces. There are miles and miles of hiking trails all with spectacular views. If you're not into extreme rock climbing or hiking, there are easy, low impact trails available. With each bend, there are new and different vistas that will thrill you. However, in the summer if can be crowded so be prepared if you visit this time of year. Be sure to take along good hiking boots, the terrain can be challenging at any time of year. There is a day use fee but it is per car so the cost is very reasonable.
Whatever you do, be sure to stop and check out the Huckleberry ice cream available next to the park. It's to die for.

Visited October 2012
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