Eagle Crest, OR
Adventurer | 432 pts
The Smith Rock State Park River Trail (one of eight defined hiking trails in the park, and the best complete experience for an easy hike) is a very nice, scenic experience for a quick diversion. Its proximity to town (just a 10-15 min drive from Redmond), short distance, and lack of altitude change other than the grueling ending climb back up to the trailhead from the gorge make it one of the better hikes for those just getting into hiking. It's not more than 1.5 hours of hiking time for anyone. I would recommend visiting the trail on an off day, as this park is extremely popular and you will be sharing this trail with many hikers (and parking can be tough). The Crooked River is a beautiful companion during the entire hike and as long as the park isn't too busy, I think anyone will find this to be a brief but rewarding hike. Disclaimer: Don't be surprised if you see a snake or two on the trail!