There’s no shortage of natural beauty in Central Oregon so, if you’re a hiker, you won’t be disappointed. Here are a few of Central Oregon’s most iconic day-hike itineraries to get you started.
Smith Rock State Park is not just a rock-climbing mecca. It also hosts some stunning hikes that will take your breath away, both literally and figuratively. One of the most popular routes is Misery Ridge which begins just across the park’s only footbridge with a quick set of switchbacks that swing you to the top of the golden rock cliffs. Choose the western route on your descent to pass Monkey Face, the park’s iconic rock feature. State parking day passes are available at the kiosk for $5, or buy a year pass at Bi-Mart for $30.
If you only have a short time, Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge is another attractive hike. Steelhead Falls is a quick, beautiful hike from the trailhead to the falls (about .5 miles). And the falls are really a treat!
After your excursion, stop at Wild Ride, one of our local brewpubs. If you’re hungry, grab dinner from one of the food trucks parked nearby. You can choose from delicious authentic fish and chips at AJ’s, Red Road Pizza, street tacos and burgers and fries from Food Fellas, and anything from burritos to bean bowls at Shred Town. Another great taphouse is The Vault Taphouse where they feature Kobold Brews. Grab L.A. street food from Westside Tacos. Then you can just walk down 6th Street to SCP Hotel and grab a room at this amazing and eco-conscious hotel.