Virtual Trail Tours

Take a tour of each of the main trails at Smith Rock State Park in less than a minute to just under four.

 
Check out the virtual trail tours below for each of the 12 main trails for the highlights of what you’ll see.

Want to know how to get to each trail and what you’ll experience along the way? Go to each of the linked trail pages.

Need a quick overview? Check out the trail system.

Rim Rock Trail easiest trail icon
The easy .5 mile Rim Rock Trail skirts Smith Rock State Park along the top of the river canyon.

We pick it up where it connects to the camping area and another trail that descends to the river below. A favorite for those wanting to experience the amazing vistas, rock climbing action, and soaring bald eagles that nest nearby.

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Chute Trailmost difficult icon
While only 500 feet, the steep scree slope of the Chute Trail can be a challenge for the uninitiated entering into the canyon of Smith Rock State Park.

Take this virtual tour to get a taste of what some of the steep angles and small rocks on packed clay can be like.

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Canyon Trailmore difficult icon
The gentle, then steeper Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park winds its way around the Crooked River.

It then veers off into forested areas not found elsewhere in the park, then climbs back out of the canyon until it meets the highway for a total of 1.5 miles.

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Rope-de-Dope Trailmore difficult icon
The Rope-de-Dope Trail at Smith Rock State Park may be brief but it’s also plenty scenic.

Named for the climbing area at its trail head, it serves as the main corridor for climber traffic from the Bivy campground. With amazing views and a connection to the RIm Rock Trail to get back to the parking lot, it’s a lot more than just a corridor.

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Homestead Trailmost difficult icon
Check out the easy, then steep 1 mile Homestead Trail and a little more at Smith Rock State Park.

The tour takes you past the horse ford at first to explore another .25 miles of unidentified trails along the Crooked River at Smith Rock State Park. We come back to the original right-hand turn to head back up and out of the canyon.

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North Point Traileasiest trail icon
An official trail on the park map, yet not marked with a trailhead sign, the North Point Trail is a bit tough to find. Most people wander onto it from the turnaround parking area cul-de-sac.

With amazing views from the rim rock basalt columns above to the gorge of the Crooked River below, it should not be missed. An easy .5 mile flat trail that has many forks off of it, keep your pets on leash and your children close to not fall between the basalt column cracks or off the rim edge.

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River Traileasiest trail icon
It’s not hard to see why the mellow 2.5 mile River Trail at Smith Rock State Park is so popular.

Covering a large area of the park, it starts out in the heart of the rock climbing area. It then wanders all along the Crooked River until you round the corner to see the iconic Monkey Face.

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Mesa Verde Trailmore difficult icon
The Mesa Verde Trail at Smith Rock State Park is both steep and scenic.

As a connector trail to get to the base of Monkey Face–a park icon, the Mesa Verde Trail rises quickly from river level. Used by many to then connect to the Misery Ridge Trail and follow the rim of the park, it has plenty of views of its own on the way.

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Summit Trailmore difficult icon
The 2.5 mile Summit Trail takes you to parts seldom seen by most visitors to Smith Rock State Park.

It winds its way away from the river by Monkey Face and up a series of switchbacks to go behind the Monument Area. Finally it joins up at the summit of the Burma Road Trail. This virtual trail tour reveals just some of the highlights of this inspiring journey.

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Misery Ridge Trail
(standard route) most difficult icon
The standard route to do the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park gets you to the rim top quickly. Most visitors see jumping on this trail just across the bridge as a right of passage.

While the close to a mile trail is short, it’s also steep–600 feet of elevation gain. And it’s in full sun most of the day, so choose the time you go up in the heat of summer. Remember to bring water. The trail doesn’t end at the summit, it extends along the rim to end up at the base of Monkey Face, a park icon.

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Misery Ridge Trail Loop 
(alternate route)most difficult icon
While the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park can certainly live up to its name with a 600 foot elevation gain in just under a mile, it doesn’t need to be that way.

We start from the iconic Monkey Face to get to the amazing rim views, and then come down the steep stuff on the way back. (You get there by taking the easy River Trail to the steeper Mesa Verde Trail)

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Wolf Tree Trail easiest trail icon

The scenic and easy Wolf Tree Trail winds along the Crooked River on the right hand side of Smith Rock State Park as you cross the bridge.

With close-up views of rock climbers, geese, ducks, giant nests of the golden eagle and the occasional blue heron, this 1 mile is loaded with things to experience.

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Burma Road Trail most difficult icon
The Burma Road Trail at Smith Rock State Park starts as a steep scree trail before it becomes a dirt road.

We begin as it forks left when the river level Wolf Tree Trail comes to an end. The trail then takes off steeply. With panoramic vistas of the river gorge below and the park across, the journey is well worth the energy.

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Online resource for adventurers to Smith Rock State Park. Detailed information for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, slacklining and horseback riding.