The Chute is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Smith Rock State Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 2,765 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 123 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information board and restroom. Near the end of the trail is a picnic site.
The Chute Professional Reviews and Guides
"Smith Rock State Park came to prominence in the mid-1980s when it gained popularity as a rock-climbing mecca. The crags at Smith meander alongside the Crooked River. The rock at Smith’s most popular climbing spots is Smith Rock tuff—a volcanic rock with joints, pockets, and varying texture. At other spots in the Crooked River Gorge are columnar basalt cliffs, which are also popular with climbers. Visiting Smith Rock for the first time, be prepared for an amazing vista from the overlook near the parking area. The view of the river below, surrounded by the varied and dramatic rocks, can seem almost surreal. Special considerations: Closed for raptor nesting January 1–July 31."
--Barbara I. Bond, 75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books).
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