ElevationAscent: 14' 4 m
Descent: -219' -67 m
High: 2,851' 869 m
Low: 2,643' 806 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“Connector/access trail from the north point parking lot to the bridge and start of most other trails”— Dallas R
As you approach the edge of the cliff the trail will start down. It cuts through several small rock outcroppings and begin down. There is the occasional loose pebble that will roll if you are not careful. When you reach the switchback you'll see a trail continuing more or less straight. This is a climbers trail, if you take it you well soon be boulder hopping to the base of the cliff.
Continuing down the switchbacks you'll get a good view of the river. At the bottom of the switchbacks is an intersection. Straight or slightly right will take you to the river and the horse crossing.
The main trail turns left. You'll pass an ancient pine tree with a huge bent limb. This is a great area for photo ops. The trail flattens out along the river and is very easy going. You'll soon come to a grassy meadow near the bridge - this is the end of the trail. There is a picnic table and a water fountain here. It is also the start of most of the other trails in Smith Rock State Park. This trail is open to bicycles and horses.
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Land Manager: Oregon State Parks