Smith Rock First Day Hikes Ring in the New Year


December 17, 2018

Start off 2019 with a free ranger-led hike—all you pay is for your $5 parking place. Smith Rock park rangers are offering a choice of two First Day Hikes to help you learn about winter wildlife and the unique geological features of the park. The Rimrock Trail allows you to stay above the canyon along the park’s rim. The Wolf Tree Trail starts after you descend into the park and make a right across the bridge.

Park Manager Scott Brown will lead the Rimrock Trail Hike.

Park Manager Scott Brown will lead the Rimrock Trail Hike.

Currently retired Park Naturalist David Vick will lead the Wolf Tree Hike.

Currently retired Park Naturalist David Vick will lead the Wolf Tree Hike.

These hikes are super-popular, so you’ll need to register in advance. Each hike is limited to just 35 people, and at the time of this article there are only 17 spots left for the Wolf Tree Hike, so act fast!

  • Meet At: Smith Rock Welcome Center at 10:00 AM on January 1, 2019.

  • Trail Name: Your choice of the Rimrock Trail or the Wolf Tree Trail.

  • Trail Terrain: Moderate (go to the links for pictures and descriptions of each)

  • Length of Hike: The 2-mile Rimrock Trail follows the east canyon rim. The 3-mile Wolf Tree Trail is in the northeast section of the park. Both hikes are round trip.

  • Recommended minimum age: 7 years old

Please note:
No dogs, child strollers, or bikes on the hikes please. Be sure to bring layers of warm clothes, water, and snacks. Sturdy hiking boots or shoes and binoculars are suggested. If the weather is too severe the hikes will be canceled.