Rim Rock Trail Run Extension to Summit Loop:  7.9 miles round trip to the Welcome Center


Not quite ready to leave the park after the Summit Loop Run? Want to add another view from above as you head back to the car? The Rim Rock Trail Run Extension is perfect for a quick new look of the main canyon rock walls and maybe a view of the bald eagle in its nest along the campground rim.

After completing the Summit Loop, instead of going up the Chute Trail to go back to the Overlook, go right at the junction toward Rope-de-Dope on the Canyon Trail.

At the junction head up the Rope-de-Dope Trail toward the big climbing block by the same name. Continue up a set of wooden stairs that go behind the rock. Stay on the steep scree trail as it makes its way toward the Bivy campground.

Rope-de-Dope Trail stairs beyond the climbing area at Smith Rock State Park

Rope-de-Dope Trail stairs beyond the climbing area at Smith Rock State Park

Rim Rock Trail viewpoint benches at Smith Rock State Park

Rim Rock Trail viewpoint benches at Smith Rock State Park

Hang a sharp left at the junction to connect to the Rim Rock Trail. A flat gravel trail, it offers spectacular views and solace from various viewpoints. Follow it around the rim as it takes you back to the Welcome Center.

Rim Rock Trail Run Extension to Summit Loop Elevation Graph at Smith Rock State Park-  click to enlarge

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