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Smith Rock State Park

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Address: Highway 97, 9 mi. north, Redmond, OR
Phone Number: +1 800-551-6949
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Don't be fooled by the unassuming name of Smith Rock State Park. It offers amazing sights, hiking and climbing. Interesting rock formations abound. Plenty of bird life in the area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 July 2016
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East Lansing
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East Lansing
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the unassuming name of Smith Rock State Park. It offers amazing sights, hiking and climbing. Interesting rock formations abound. Plenty of bird life in the area including an eagle that flew above us at 50 feet. A lazy river winds through the area with a path that meanders along it. There is a challenging hike up... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Stunning views and an incredible/rewarding hike with the perfect balance of uphill climb and relaxing terrain by the river (we did Misery Ridge with a bit of extension at the end). We hike at a leisurely clip and made it all around in a little over 3 hours. Watched some climbers on Monkey's Face for a bit -- WOW. Smith... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We did the Misery Ridge hike, which was around 4.6 miles, steep and narrow trails. If you go in the summer, go early as it gets very hot and most of it is in sun. But well worth it, as there are beautiful views. We saw a number of golden eagles who were nesting in the cliffs on the back... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We checked out of our Best Western Hotel in Prineville and headed west on OR 126 to Smith Rock State Park. Our original intention was take in any sites on our way to Klamath Falls and by luck we were able to find Smith Rock in the AAA tour book / Oregon Tourism magazine. Memorial Day weekend plus sunshine equals... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Oregon all my life and hadn't hiked here before (my mom says I have, but I was 4, doesn't count). I immediately fell in love with the view. We couldn't do Misery Ridge because we were with my Dad, niece and nephew, but before we even left we decided we would be back as soon as possible.... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Although a bit of a hike, the park is a true natural wonder. Great for family and kids, we simply hiked along the river, and enjoyed the natural beauty. Make sure you have some good footwear when going though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Smith Rock is one of Oregon's natural wonders... a vertical rock outcropping that has a challenging 5 mile hike (among other hikes) to the summit and loops back down. The Misery Ridge trail is a fantastic hike, though there were some loose switchbacks on the descent that got my heart racing as my 10 year old daughter scrambled down. The... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

My husband and I made a plan after our first trek up Smith Rock to take every visitor willing on this adventure. The incline is hefty, especially if you are not used to climbing at all. Good news is you can pace yourself and once you reach the rim...regardless if you complete the full trail or stop at the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

The big drawback to hiking in Smith Rock State Park is its popularity. Getting there early, especially around holidays, is the only way you won't have to walk a mile or more just to get to the entrance. Once you get there, you'll realize it was worth the effort. The hiking can be as challenging as you make it, from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Stunning even from the parking lot, with hikes at several levels of difficulty for a closer look. Bring sunscreen, but it is nice to know that one of the easier walks down by the river does have periodic breaks in the shade. You can rest and enjoy the view, or watch a daring rock climber high above you.

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