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Smith Rock, River Trail Hike

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • View into the Crooked River Gorge.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • View across the river toward Rope-de-Dope climbing area.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and nest in a ponderosa pine. - Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Hoary cress (Cardaria draba).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
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  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula).- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • View looking north toward Monkey Face.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • View of the east side of Smith Rock, along the Crooked River.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • View of Monkey Face.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Climbers on the Mesa Verde Wall.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Climbers on the Mesa Verde Wall.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Morning Glory Wall reflected in the Crooked River.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
  • Monkey Face high above the Crooked River.- Smith Rock, River Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Walk along the scenic river. Nearby rock climbing.
Cons: 
Mid-summer heat. Heavy use.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,880.00 ft (877.82 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you are visiting Smith Rock State Park and are short on time, the River Trail is a good option. The trail follows the banks of the Crooked River as it winds around the park, and it is a modest alternative to the more challenging Misery Ridge Trail. You’ll walk near and around the park's welded tuff rock formations that are composed of eroded and compressed volcanic ash.  The river banks are home to numerous wintering waterfowl including Canada geese and mallards, and you may also see red-winged blackbirds, bald eagles and golden eagles.  If you can, follow the river downstream to the western side of the park to Monkey Face, the 450-foot rock pillar that hosts one of the park’s most challenging climbing routes.

Note that the only camping in the park is at the Bivouac Campground, which is a walk-in camping area that does not accommodate RVs or car camping.

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