Hiking in Central Oregon

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in Central Oregon just outside of Bend.  The beautiful thing about this this waterfall is anyone can experience it. You see you can drive right up to it. If you park your car and walk the less than 100 yards you can see it in all it’s beauty from a viewing area. For those that want more you can continue up the path up to the top of the falls. From there the path goes on for a few miles as it follows the creek and has many more beautiful water falls.  We only made it about an additional 1.5 miles back when it began to sprinkle. Not wanting to get caught in the rain we made our way back, and just in time. As we got in our car the rain began.

hiking around tumalo falls

The trail beyond Tumalo Falls offers other great falls.

hiking tumalo falls

Beautiful Tumalo Falls just outside of Bend, Oregon

 

Smith Rock  is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. I have driven past this a few times, but we had never stopped. You don’t realize just how big these rocks are until you are right up on them. They are HUGE and it’s quite spectacular because there is nothing but flats with a few rolling hills near them. Smith Rock is a rock climbers dream location, but don’t worry there are plenty of paths to hike around. I will apologize right now, I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

 

Smith Rock in Central Oregon

Smith Rock in Central Oregon

We made a quick stop by the information booth to save us time in trying to figure out exactly which way to go. He showed us the way and the path we would take and we were off.  You start by hiking down towards the river, across the bridge, then UP.

Didn't realize it was most difficult until we saw the sign, but worth the effort

Didn’t realize it was most difficult until we saw the sign, but worth the effort

And so it begins the hike to the top on Misery Ridge

And so it begins the hike to the top on Misery Ridge – See the rock climber?

We did the Misery Ridge Trail. The hike starts out with a 1000 ft climb in just under a mile and we were told that would be hardest part and it really was. After that it was just a lot of looking, gawking and taking in the views of the rocks and valleys.

Lots of work, but stunning views from Smith Rock

Lots of work, but stunning views from Smith Rock

We made our way up, across the top, past Monkey Face and then back down to the front of Smith Rock. Once we were down you could see the walls that were covered with rock climbers. I kept saying it was like ants. There were so many of them and they were all over.

Misery Ridge Trail

Misery Ridge Trail

Coming down the back side of Monkey Face at Smith Rock

Coming down the back side of Monkey Face at Smith Rock

Monkey Face

Monkey Face

Crooked River at Smith Rock

Crooked River at Smith Rock

redmond, oregon hiking at Smith Rock

Fall at Smith Rock

This is probably one of my most favorite hikes in Oregon. I will go back and do it again some day. After our 4.5 mile hike we made our way back into Terrebonne. We went to the Terrebonne Depot for a great burger, fish tacos and of course the beer I felt like we earned.

Have you hiked Smith Rock?

 

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