If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. Join ExplOregon as we head to Smith Rock State Park for a fun day of hiking! We will be hiking the Cayon to Rim Loop trail which is approximately 3.4 miles roundtrip. See climbers on Rope-de-Dope, wildlife along the Crooked River, the densest vegetation and “cave” rocks in the park, the bald eagles nest along the rim and spectacular canyon views. If you’re up for the challenge sign up today!
WHEN: Saturday, May 5th — 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
SCHEDULE: Please arrive at the REC Center by 8:30 PM. We will depart from campus by 9:00 AM and arrive at Smith Rock State Park by 12:00 PM. We will begin our hike as soon as we arrive. It should take us approximately 2 1/2 hours. After our hike we will head to Terrebonne Depot, the award-winning 100 year-old former train station has been resurrected into a full bar and fresh food restaurant. We will be leaving our location around 6:00 PM and should make it back to campus by 9:00 PM.
Here are some tips to have an enjoyable hike:
Dress appropriately. Wear layers that you can add and subtract from for changing weather conditions and shoes with good traction for walking down scree slopes. (covered with small loose stones)
Bring water—16 oz per person per hour of exertion. The water fountain at the bridge is the last water station in the park. You may consider a hydration pack for easy access. The rocks can really heat up in the summer months and the combination of heat and dehydration can be dangerous.
Stay on marked trails. The trails are clearly marked to prevent erosion and to not mislead the next hiker. They also provide a reference on your trail map to get back so that the rangers don’t need to come find you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at (541)-517-9538
ExplOregon Program Coordinator