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June 12, 2015

Smith Rock State Park camping & hiking

Two night camping trip at Smith Rock State Park.

On the first day, we hiked in the quieter northern section of the park, on the Wolf Tree trail, with abundant wildlife alongside the Crooked River. We saw deer, blue herons, geese, ducks, and a river otter within a short distance.

At the walk-in campground that is popular with climbers, we setup our tents just outside of the rim overlooking Smith Rock. Just below is one of the largest Ponderosa Pines in the park, with a pair of nesting bald eagles at the top. We watched the mom and dad fly in to feed their young.

The next day, we hiked the River Trail and Misery Ridge, which proved it’s name is worthy due to the steep and rocky trails going up (and then down) a section of the rocky ridge popular with rock climbers. Passing next to the base of Monkey Face, it is common to see climbers working their way up the face of this dramatic spire.

Smith Rock State Park

walk-in campground

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campground tent area

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campsites next to the rim

Smith Rock State Park

campsites next to the rim

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view from my tent

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view from the rim of Smith Rock with the Three Sisters in the background

Smith Rock State Park

sunset at the campsite

Smith Rock State Park

bald eagles nesting in a Ponderosa Pine, just outside of the campground

Smith Rock State Park

view along the Rim Rock Trail

Smith Rock State Park

the only bridge in the park over the Crooked River

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along the Wolf Creek Trail

Smith Rock State Park

Wolf Creek Trail

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the Crooked River

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Asterisk Pass

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rock climber’s rope

Smith Rock State Park

sunset at the campsite

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on the River Trail

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on the River Trail, heading towards Monkey Face and Misery Ridge

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beginning the ascent towards Monkey Face

Smith Rock State Park

view of the Cascades from the trail, left to right: Mount Bachelor, Broken Top, South Sister, Middle Sister and North Sister

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at the top of Misery Ridge, looking at Monkey Face

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ancient Jupiter tree

Smith Rock State Park

at the top of Misery Ridge

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at the top of Misery Ridge, looking at the campground rim in the distance

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view looking north from Misery Ridge

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rock climber

Smith Rock State Park

the Crooked River

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