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After crossing the bridge, take the right fork to get on the easy mile long Wolf Tree Trail.

NOTE: Horseback riding is restricted between the bridge and the horse ford. Access for riders on the Wolf Tree Trail is via the Homestead Trail and then by crossing the river at the horse ford.

horseback riders on the Wolf Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park

horseback riders on the Wolf Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Immediately looking up to your left, you see climbers on the popular Picnic Lunch Wall. The Ship Rock formation and Red Wall climbing area are next as you follow the trail along the river.

Geese, ducks, and the occasional blue heron frequent the area, as well as the two-legged fish seekers fly fishing the river. Next, you come upon a huge ponderosa tree that offers a break from the heat of the summer. It’s also a great place just to hang out on the bench below it.

As you round the bend and go past the horse ford, you come into the Monument area. Always open for hiking, it’s also a popular climbing area when it isn’t nesting season for the golden eagles that construct huge 6-8 foot nests on the rock faces. You may want to pack your binoculars. It’s a great area for watching raptor activity of all sorts.

Continuing past the Monument, you start to ascend gently across a rock field then up some more on to scree until you reach the Burma Road junction. You can turn around at this point, or explore some more by seeing the TIP below.

the giant golden eagle nests in the Monument area can range from 8-10 feet deep (see top right)

the giant golden eagle nests in the Monument area can range from 8-10 feet deep (see top right)


TIP:  EXPLORE MORE OF THE GORGE

Want to explore more of the river canyon? When you reach the signage to the Burma Road Trail, follow the sign left and then go right at the Student Wall sign and up to the top of the Student Wall climbing area. The ridge along the river gorge provides some great views below.


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CLICK ON ELEVATION GRAPH TO ENLARGE