Smith Rock State Park camping & hiking
Two night camping trip at Smith Rock State Park.
On the first day, we hiked in the quieter northern section of the park, on the Wolf Tree trail, with abundant wildlife alongside the Crooked River. We saw deer, blue herons, geese, ducks, and a river otter within a short distance.
At the walk-in campground that is popular with climbers, we setup our tents just outside of the rim overlooking Smith Rock. Just below is one of the largest Ponderosa Pines in the park, with a pair of nesting bald eagles at the top. We watched the mom and dad fly in to feed their young.
The next day, we hiked the River Trail and Misery Ridge, which proved it’s name is worthy due to the steep and rocky trails going up (and then down) a section of the rocky ridge popular with rock climbers. Passing next to the base of Monkey Face, it is common to see climbers working their way up the face of this dramatic spire.