Sunday, July 27, 2008

Smith Rock

Smith Rock has 651 acres which hovers around 3,ooo ft in elevation. It is open year round a day pass or yearly pass is required.
There are some fabulous hiking trails that you can see some beautiful views surrounding the area. You can walk along the river or do a half day walk along the loop. It truly is a beautiful area to hike and explore.

The major rock faces are composed of welded tuff ( compressed volcanic Ash) reaching up to 550 ft. The picnic and campground areas sit on top of the rimrock which is made of columnar basalt

There are over 1500 climbing routes in and around the park ,ranging from some of the best sport climbs in the world.

People climb year round but in the summer the temperatures can reach 100 + degrees (f) and in the winter the temps stays close to the freezing mark (32f) during the day. Spring and fall are the best and most popular climbing months.

If you click on this photo you can see the climber on the side of the rock

Well another day in beautiful Central Oregon till next time


Rambling Round said...

Wow! Really rocky...and such gorgeous country.

Paulie said...

Very interesting! While I am not a rock climber, I could handle that day hike. . .