Smith Rock State Park

Redmond, Oregon

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Though Smith Rock State Park is one of the top rock-climbing destinations in the United States, it’s also one of the best spots in Central Oregon for a trail run. Unique rock formations, meandering rivers, and stunning vistas combine for a perfect day out on the trail. That beauty comes with a price, however: Many of the viewpoints require a good amount of climbing, and you can expect to be one of many people on the trails, particularly on weekends. But as with most running destinations, you’ll have broken away from the crowds after a mile or two. Several loop options are available and can be combined to fit your needs. The recommended starting point is at the main trailhead, near the visitor center.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Though Smith Rock State Park is one of the top rock-climbing destinations in the United States, it’s also one of the best spots in Central Oregon for a trail run. Unique rock formations, meandering rivers, and stunning vistas combine for a perfect day out on the trail.

That beauty comes with a price, however: Many of the viewpoints require a good amount of climbing, and you can expect to be one of many people on the trails, particularly on weekends. But as with most running destinations, you’ll have broken away from the crowds after a mile or two. Several loop options are available and can be combined to fit your needs. The recommended starting point is at the main trailhead, near the visitor center.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Redmond
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,153 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset Best: Spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Oregon State Parks, 541-548-7501, tinyurl.com/smithrockstatepark
Local Maps: Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Smith Rock State Park

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