A large solid rock block, Rope-de-Dope sits on its own before crossing the river--a favorite hangout area for classes and beginners.

With routes starting at 5.5 R, up to 5.10b, you often see young families teaching the next generation how to trust the gear.

Easy to get to, stay on the gravel Canyon Trail after the paved area at the overlook runs out, and fork to the left for about .25 miles.

Staying at The Bivy? Follow the short and steep Rope-de-Dope Trail as it comes around the backside of the rock and down a set of wooden stairs.

A shady place to hang for most of the day, its an ideal spot to kick back and learn to climb.

climbers on Rope-De-Dope at Smith Rock State Park

climbers on Rope-De-Dope at Smith Rock State Park

Practice on these and graduate to the other side of the river: (All are rated 3-star in Alan Watts' Guidebook, with * noting a 4-star)


  • How Low Can You Go  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch


  • Shamu  sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Rope-de-Dope Crack  trad, gear to 3 inches, 1 pitch


  • Mini Bender  sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch


  • Morgantown 5.10a  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Sleepy Town 5.10a  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Float Like a Butterfly 5.10b  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch

  • Sting Like a Bee 5.10b  sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch

climbing areas