400 foot rock spires at the river level. Panoramic views of the Cascades on the ridgelines.
Mountain biking on trails at the Smith Rock is both awe-inspiring and memorable.
Connect to ones on adjacent BLM land and you’ve just added miles to your exploration.
Steep trails and gnarly scree descents along some exposed drop-offs call for you to pay close attention. Surfaces are hard packed clay with loose rocks, scree, and sometimes a little sand.
While the area is not for the out of shape or beginner, the plus side is that you can pretty much mountain bike year-round as the area gets little rainfall or snow.
Bikes can go on riverside trails and on segments of the trail system designated for horseback riding.
Except that you can go on the fabulous Summit Trail.
You can also ride on park roads with the traffic flow.
All riders under 16 years old must wear helmets.
Since the trails themselves are usually connectors to longer routes, here are some options for you to explore for some distance:
Summit Trail Loop: 7.66 miles from the Overlook
Intermediate single track with some steep upward pushes, exposed drop-offs and steep double-track road descent to steep single track, then flat until last push up out of the park.
Summit Trail/Gray Butte Trail Shuttle: 11 miles from the Overlook
Intermediate single track with some steep upward pushes, exposed drop-offs to easy single track. Requires shuttle from the Cole trailhead by the Skull Hollow Campground.
Here’s the Forest Service Map if you want to check out other options once you hit the Gray Butte Trail on BLM land.
To see detailed topo guides of the extended area, go to Adventure Maps and pick up the Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map. Part of the proceeds get donated to local search and rescue operations. We like that.