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    Taking kids to Smith Rock this week - What trails?

    Ages 6, 8, 13. 3 days at Smith Rock. What trails are scenic and mild/moderate. Thinking about bringing the kayaks. Don't know anything about the Crooked. Open/closed, flow, rapids, put in/outs. Any info would be nice. Kids are still sticking to class II. 2 days biking, one day hiking if paddling isn't available. Can't wait! Thanks

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    The trail along the river is pretty mellow, although it can be crowded near the bridge and only a few miles long. The 13 y/o might get bored. It's a bit of a hump to get down to the river and back up, so take that into account.

    All of the other trails I can think of near Gray Butte are probably way too much climbing for the younger ones but if they have unusual stamina then they may like it.

    The water along the bottom is also mellow but I'm not a river person enough to read water so I don't know if any of it is dangerous. It seems as if it would be a gorgeous float but I don't know where you'd put in.

    Bring water because it can get hot as stink down in the canyon, like 10F-15F hotter than up on the rim.

    I think of Smith as more for climbing and hiking than anything else, and adjacent Gray Butte is for biking and running cattle.

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    The Crooked is dam controlled. It's only runnable every few years.
    The portion running past Smith is essentially flat, and can be tubed or swum in, though there is a great deal of agricultural runoff. Most people don't. The first rapid just downstream of Smith is number 1, which is 4+ with keepers. Do not approach.

    The trails along the river, as Nat says, are short and mellow biking generally, and good for kids. They shouldn't be too crowded during the week.
    For a hike, you can do Berma Road. At the top, there is an excellent cross-slope single track trail that can be hiked or ridden, but it's not a kid's trail.
    The Misery Ridge loop around Monkey face is a classic hike that the kids can probably do

    Smith Rock State Park Hikes

    You likely won't find enough riding at kid level to keep you busy at Smith. If you don't mind driving a bit, you could ride at Peterson Ridge in Sisters, then swim at Tumalo State Park...
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    smith rock IMO is not worth it for mountain biking, its steep(for kids) getting down to the river trail, and a hike-a-bike back out. It's really exposed to the sun and a better ride to do during the winter months...you're better off just doing a hike and taking them climbing there instead

    if you want to mountain bike with the kids go to sisters/peterson ridge like what they mentioned above

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmar123 View Post
    smith rock IMO is not worth it for mountain biking, its steep(for kids) getting down to the river trail, and a hike-a-bike back out. It's really exposed to the sun and a better ride to do during the winter months...you're better off just doing a hike and taking them climbing there instead

    if you want to mountain bike with the kids go to sisters/peterson ridge like what they mentioned above
    I agree with everything said here. It's a lovely place to hike and scramble, but not very good to bike, even in winter, IMO (Sacrilege!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmar123 View Post
    smith rock IMO is not worth it for mountain biking, its steep(for kids) getting down to the river trail, and a hike-a-bike back out. It's really exposed to the sun and a better ride to do during the winter months...you're better off just doing a hike and taking them climbing there instead


    Quote Originally Posted by dmar123 View Post
    if you want to mountain bike with the kids go to sisters/peterson ridge like what they mentioned above
    Or bring them down to Bend. Hit Phils, take a dip in the river, and then take em over to

    Powell's Bend - Powell's Sweet Shoppe

    or

    Goody's

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