Twelve official trails in the park and miles more of connecting trails in adjacent BLM land.
So much to explore. So little time–at least this trip.
We’ve done enough to just whet your appetite with details of the terrain. Link to virtual tours of each of the trails and you’ll get a nice idea of what to expect.
Need a park brochure to get an overview? Here you go.
From the river junction you can choose trails that stay on this side of the bridge or cross it.
From the Overlook you have two ways to go down into the canyon.
Head down the paved section and continue on the gravel road on the Canyon Trail.
Stay right to go to the bridge, or left to continue on to the junction of the Canyon and Rope-de-Dope Trails and other trails this side of the bridge.
Stay balanced as you go down the more challenging scree 500 foot Chute Trail.
Go past the compost toilet station to meet up with the Canyon Trail.
Head toward the drinking fountain/picnic table and helicopter pad areas just before the bridge.
From there you can either go to the trail system across the bridge, or explore the trails before the bridge.
Alternate ways include one before getting to the park and one at the turnaround parking area.
Before getting to the park:
Enroute to the park from Hwy 97 on Smith Rock Way, just after the train tracks turn left onto NE 1st St., which turns into Wilcox.
Look for (very limited) parking along the intersection of NE 17th St. and NE Wilcox. You’ll see two entrances in between fenced park property about 500 feet apart that put you on the Canyon Trail down into the park.
From the turnaround parking area in the park:
Drive past the Welcome Center for .5 miles to the Northern Point. Park by the fee station at the turnaround cul-de-sac and walk past the amphitheater viewpoint to descend the steep scree slope of the Homestead Trail.