Top reasons to rock climb in Smith Rock State Park
The birthplace of U.S. sport climbing in Oregon’s high desert
Over 1500 climbing routes of varying length and style
The volcanoes of the Cascade Range provide a striking backdrop
Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon’s High Desert is considered by many as the birthplace of American sport climbing with over 1,500 routes. But if sport climbing isn’t for you, there’s also trad climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and bouldering. The area is composed of volcanic basalt and tuff to keep climbers of all abilities coming back for more. The park is also home to Scarface, the U.S.’s first climb rated at 5.14. Because of Smith Rock’s destination status for climbers, central Oregon has seen tons of development since the 1960s, establishing new routes over the ensuing decades. Find out why every sport climber needs to visit Smith Rock State Park from Jessica Meiris, rock guide and helicopter pilot.
May through October
Bend, OR is a half hour’s drive
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Whether you’re just gaining your climbing legs or you’re already experienced, a custom day of guided climbing will have you accomplishing your objectives. You’ll feel challenged by the variety of holds you’ll encounter in vertical terrain and discover hidden gems. Focus on skills instruction or tick one of the area’s classics off your list, all while getting a major vertical surrounded by the natural scenery of the Crooked River Gorge.
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing day
Work with an expert to find the ideal itinerary for a day of climbing at Smith Rock that matches your goals and abilities. Discover classic multi-pitch routes with plenty of options for the perfect day of climbing. With hundreds of climbs from two to eight pitches, there’s something for everyone in Smith Rock — let your guide show you around the best routes.
Meet your guide
AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First...
Things to know
Covid measures in Smith Rock State Park
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Smith Rock State Park please refer to the Smith Rock State Park website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
- $5 per vehicle parking fee
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Smith Rock has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Smith Rock has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For private guided climbing days in Smith Rock the usual client to guide ratio is 2:1 and cost is per person.
- For multi-pitch climbing days, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Smith Rock State Park is located in Central Oregon; the town of Redmond is 8 miles away and Bend is 23 miles to the south.
You will meet your guide at the Smith Rock State Park within walking distance of the rock. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.