Smith Rock Summit Trail
For the second year in a row, I headed to Smith Rock State Park with friends to camp and get out of the spring rain. The area is popular for rock climbing but also has trails for hiking. On this trip, we stayed for two nights at the climber’s bivouac campground. On the first night, we watched sunset from the Rim Rock Trail, with Mount Jefferson framed by Asterisk Pass.
Summit Trail Loop
Starting at the campground, take the Rim Rock Trail to the Chute, cross the bridge and take the Wolf Tree Trail around to the Burma Road. On sunny days, the Burma Road section can be quite hot, but it wasn’t too bad this time. At the top of the Burma Road, we enjoyed expansive views of Smith Rock and the Cascades. From here, take the Summit Trail and drop into a canyon behind the park’s famous spires. The trail switchbacks several times, then leads to views looking into the park. Continue on the Summit Trail as it rounds the park and Monkey Face comes into view. You can connect with the trail to Misery Ridge from here, or continue on the River Trail all the way back to the bridge, as we did.