Hiking, not climbing, Smith Rock in Central Oregon

Yes, the less vertically inclined, too, can find a suitable adventure at Smith Rock.

Although Smith Rock State Park is mostly known as a mecca for rock climbers, the hiking opportunities within the park should not be ignored. And often, the park’s trails can put a hiker in a spot to watch climbers scale some of the most difficult routes in the West.

It is a 30-minute drive north from Bend to Terrebonne to hike Smith Rock State Park and see as much of the park as possible from its highest vantage points — without actually climbing the rocks.

Besides, climbers need all that gear: rope, carabiners, belay devices, a partner they can trust with their lives. Hikers need just shoes, suitable clothing, water and some food.

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