Smith Rock State Park consists of dramatic rock spires that rise above the Crooked River. Located 26 miles north of Bend, Oregon, Smith Rock is world-renown for rock climbing.
Smith Rock presents an awesome demonstration of the power and diversity of volcanic activity. The canyon landscapes were created by two very different volcanic events - explosions of volcanic ash and the quiet flow of fluid basalt.
It's best to start early in the morning if you wish to hike to Monkey Face. I know, I giggled too. Monkey Face is the rock that climbers ascend. Take a good look, you'll see it too. The temperature can rise to 100 degrees in the summer and there is little shade. After a steep hike up, the views are great from the top. You can see many of the peaks of the Cascades. Allow about 2-3 hours to hike the main loop. Be alert for rattlesnakes in remote areas of the park.