I rarely regret something, but this is one of those things, I should have done: “take a hike” on Smith Rock State Park.
I’m not a sporty person, and when someone would ask do I want to go for a walk or, God helps, for a jog, answer is no. Nope. No thank you. If my husband would have asked me, if I want to go for a hike at Smith Rock National Park, I would have said the same. He knows me better than that, so he didn’t. But when we got there, I have to say, I fell in love with the place. It was beautiful. I don’t mind If I would have gotten myself a stroke, I would have like to take a little walk and see, what the place has to offer.
Smith Rock State Park abviously isn’t a quick stop place. Take even a small hike, have a picnic, take a photo of the goats next door. You can easily spend at least hour in here just wandering around. I recommend it!
But what is Smith Rock State Park. Like every time before, I have no idea, so lets check it out from the Wikipedia:
“Smith Rock State Park is an American state park located in central Oregon’s High Desert near the communities of Redmond and Terrebonne. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. Smith Rock is generally considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, and is host to cutting-edge climbing routes. It is popular for sport climbing, traditional climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and bouldering.
The Smith Rock area is geologically very interesting. It is made up of layers of recent basalt flows overlaying older Clarno ash and tuff formations. Approximately 30 million years ago, a large caldera was formed when overlying rock collapsed into an underground lava chamber. This created a huge amount of rock and ash debris that filled the caldera. That material eventually hardened into rock, becoming Smith Rock tuff. A half million years ago, basalt lava flows from nearby volcanoes covered the older tuff.
Eventually, the Crooked River cut its way through the layers of rock to create today’s geographic features. Smith Rock itself is a 3,200-foot (980 m)-high ridge (above sea level) with a sheer cliff-face overlooking a bend in the Crooked River (elev. 2600 ft), making the cliffs about 600 feet high.”