So I took a bit of a hike on Smith Rock this past weekend.
If you don’t know, Smith Rock is a state park in Central Oregon that is renowned throughout the country for its rock climbing walls. It’s a bit of a steep hike up the rock face, and even though their were switchback trails and steps installed in the steeper areas, I was reminded about how out of shape I am when making the ascent.
But making it to the top is worth it. Looking out towards the city of Sisters, you can see a beautiful panoramic of the cascade mountains, making that worth the trek in and of itself. I also recommend checking the other side of the rock to see the beautiful Eastern Oregon desert landscape. There’s really no where else quite like it.
Overall, the hike was a great experience, and I’m glad I got to go out there with my friends. I have a genuine distaste for the Oregon desert (having lived in it for so long), but I gained a new appreciation for it after this visit.