Smith Rock State Park: Oregon’s Rock climbing Mecca & Dreamy Day hike destination

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the photo tour! I definitely recommend putting Smith Rock & Bend (my next post) on your itinerary. We didn’t get to see much of Eastern Oregon except for the NE corner of the state on our drive in via I-84. It is definitely a different kind of pretty than the Western half of the state, but uniquely beautiful. We did drive the north-south route from Hood River to Crater Lake, then CA, but only made a few stops. I have a list of 10 more places in Central Oregon alone that I want see on the next trip (too far off!).

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    1. Thank you, Val! I had not really researched Central Oregon much, we just added this area to our itinerary based on a recommendation from friends and family who live in Portland. They knew we wanted to see Crater Lake and it made for a logical route between Mount St. Helens and Lassen National Park. I wasn’t sure what to expect in Central Oregon, and the high desert was a pretty big (beautiful) surprise. Oregon is indeed a wonderful state!

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    1. I can’t wait to get back out there, though I think I’ll have to just keep dreaming and planning for it until next year. Oh well, that just gives me more time to research and add (way too many) stops to my trip itinerary!

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! We had great weather for this hike, and I hope you enjoyed good weather for it too (hot though, right?). Smith Rock is definitely one of my favorite parks, and I’m envious of those who live close enough for day or weekend trips. I look forward to reading your post about the park 🙂


  1. Fabulous photos! I just hopped over here from Cathy’s at Wanderessence, out of curiosity, and struggled up that slope with you. 🙂 🙂 Coming down definitely sounds tricky so I might have to reverse it. I run a Monday walk feature over at mine- personal episodes rather than serious walking most of the time, but I do that as well, when it cools off a little. I hope you don’t mind if I include a link to this post?

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    1. Hi Jo! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I apologize for my belated reply. I have been in the mountains in New Mexico without a cell signal or internet for the past 3 days. Rainy but blissful wilderness wandering nonetheless. You are welcome to include a link to any of my posts, and thank you very much! I cannot wait to dive into your blog when I return home and have a little time and internet. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Alice 🙂 . I’m so glad you enjoyed my photo tour of Smith Rock! Thank you for visiting and for following – I so appreciate it. I’m traveling in the mountains of New Mexico with intermittent cell service, but I look forward to diving into yours when I return home.

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    1. Thanks Sean! I’m so glad you enjoyed my photo tour. Smith Rock is quite a special place. For about 5 minutes I totally wanted to take up rock climbing after seeing the climbers on Monkey Face. That goal passed quickly 🙂


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