As a cross country skier I have had a chance to see and experience beautiful places around the World both summer and winter.Â World famous Smith Rock outside Redmond, Oregon is very high up on my list of places I recommend friends to visit at least once.
Justin and Beckie running up the trail to the top
Smith Rock offers the type of beauty that strikes you as truly magnificent and doing a workout there makes you realize why you are a cross country skier in the first place. In other words don’t just visit, follow the trail down to the river, cross over the bridge, run along the river and hike or run to top. Enjoy the view and enjoy how lucky you are (to be a cross country skier).
Here is some information about Smith Rocks State Park downloaded from Redmond’s web site http://www.redmondcofc.com/
Smith Rock State Park – Redmond has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast. Smith Rock State Park is the area attraction visitors are most curious about. The world famous rock-climbing area draws climbers from all corners of the world. It provides not only the best climbing surface for sports enthusiast, but awe-inspiring vistas, for rock-climbing is becoming a huge spectator sport. For the neophyte climber shoe rentals and hiking guides are available in Redmond and Bend.
The hike that goes straight to the top of Smith Rock is the most challenging of the hiking Trails. Misery Ridge is located 1/2 mile from the footbridge. It ascends 660 vertical feet, featuring a summit view of the Cascades and the often-photographed monkey face. Day use fee $3 per vehicle.
The park is nearing completion of an ADA-approved trail, its gravel path is hikeable, but not hard-topped yet. The half-mile handicapped-accessible trail features a bench for resting and beautiful viewpoints along the scenic canyon rim. The state park is largely unmarred by its fame. There is no interpretive center nor fancy kiosks. The restrooms, trails, and viewpoints are the only signs of man-made changes to the park area. Primitive tent camping is available, in the grassy fields for $5 night, plus $4 per person per night – first come first served.