Homestead Trail Park Exit Option to Summit Loop:  8.3 miles round trip from the Welcome Center


See the other side of the river gorge both from the ground and then from giant basalt columns on top of the ridge. After biking the Summit Loop Mountain Bike Ride exit the park via the Homestead Trail at the Northern Point.

After coming back across the bridge from the Summit Loop, look to the left just past the picnic table for a break in the fence line. 

Get on the Homestead Trail and follow it along the river to the connector that makes a sharp right at the "steep" sign. Then head up the switchbacks of a steep scree trail for a 253 foot elevation gain.

Homestead Trail at Smith Rock State Park river portion
Homestead Trail at Smith Rock State Park river portion
Northern Point ridge of basalt columns over the Gorge at Smith Rock State Park 

Northern Point ridge of basalt columns over the Gorge at Smith Rock State Park 

You come out at the top of the Northern Point basalt rim that you should stop and check out at the turnaround parking area. Great views of the Monument Area with its giant golden eagle nests can be seen directly from the Point.

Walk to the rim to glimpse the sheer drop-off into the Gorge area below. The view down from the disconnected columns is breath taking. From there simply follow the road back for .5 miles to the Welcome Center, or wherever you parked.

 

Homestead Trail Park Exit Option Summit Loop Mountain Bike Ride Elevation Graph at Smith Rock State Park-  click to enlarge

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