Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project.
As part of Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon, near Terrebonne but only about 30 minutes from Bend, this loop affords spectacular views of the majestic rock spires that are popular among climbers.
Counter-clockwise or clockwise is a tough decision. The top of Burma Road is the highpoint, steep going up the face, go the other way and you gradually climb up. Most of the trail is singletrack comprised of packed gravel. There is good footing except for the steep portion between the canal and Wolf Tree Trail. The Burma Road section is an old BLM fire road. This trail is fabulous because you make a transition from the river bottom and its unique ecosystem to the top of Burma where you start getting into more forest. Then you hit the backside high desert plains, and eventually head back into the river. Of course, you’ll get high and wonderful overlooks along the Monument Ridge.
$5 parking fee for Smith Rock State Park. Parking is an issue during busy weekends. During the hot months, bring extra water. Really, bring extra water.
Runnable: 87 percent
Singletrack: 90 percent
Average Grade: 6 percent
Total Ascent: 1,200 feet
Total Descent: -1,200 feet
Highest Elevation: 3,579 feet
For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos and virtual run simulator courtesy of Trail Run Project: