Summit Loop Geology and Biology, Smith Rock State Park


Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Daniele McKay, and Carol Moorehead for a hike along the Summit Loop Trail at Smith Rock State Park. This gorgeous loop follows the Burma Road up to a ridge overlooking famed peaks like Monkey Face. On the descent, the Summit Loop connector trail crosses a private property protected by the Land Trust before joining the Park's river trail. Enjoy native wildflowers and learn about how volcanoes and water shaped the area on this fun and challenging 7 mile loop. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

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  • Outing Details + Route
    • Hike Rating: This is challenging 7-mile hike along the Summit Loop Trail at Smith Rock State Park.
    • Route: This hike follows the Burma Road to a ridge and continues along the Summit Loop Trail.
    • Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with nearly 950' of elevation gain/loss.
  • What to Bring

    Snacks/Lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Summit Loop Trail at Smith Rock State Park crosses onto private property owned by the Ranch at the Canyons and conserved by the Deschutes Land Trust. Since 2007, the Land Trust has held a land protection agreement with the owners of Ranch of the Canyons that protects 550 acres next to the Park. The agreement conserves Sherwood Canyon (a side canyon off the Crooked River) that is sandwiched between the Crooked River, Smith Rock State Park, and federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The agreement protects scenic views, winter range for deer and elk, and Crooked River frontage.