We recently took Ren, our truck camper, on a three-day two-night excursion. We started off with Three Fingered Jack area near Sisters, Oregon, then went to Smith Rock State Park, and concluded the trip at the Painted Hills near Mitchell, Oregon. It was a very nice trip. More pictures in photo galleries below.
Three Fingered Jack via Canyon Creek Meadows Loop
Canyon Creek Meadows with Three Fingered Jack in the background
Meadows along Canyon Creek Meadows Trail
View of Mt Jefferson through burnt forest
Smith Rock State Park
Crooked River in Smith Rock State Park
Crooked limb of Ponderosa pine in Smith Rock State Park
A familiar scenery of Smith Rock State Park
Misery Ridge Trail winding up the mountain side. That’s where we were heading.
Finally made it to the top of Misery Ridge Trail
View from the top was spectacular. We could see the Cascade Range from here.
This is what Smith Rock is famous for, rock climbing.
Not a bad place to take a walk….if you’re into this kind of thrills.
Crooked River winds its way around the other side of the ridge.
Crooked River with illuminated mountain in front of us.
Colorful rock towering over Crooked River
View of Smith Rock State Park at the end of our hike
David’s enjoying the Painted Hills.
Red and golden colors of the Painted Hills
A famous shot of the Painted Cove
Another color of landscape of the Painted Hills
A different view of the Painted Hills
Looks like an artist dropped buckets of paints here
An expansive view of the Painted Hills from Carroll Rim Trail
The intense red color of Red Scar Knoll
Ren at Ochoco Divide Campground
- Date visited: September 8 – 10, 2016
- Northwest Forest or Interagency Pass is required to park at the Jack Lake trailhead. Oregon State Parks Pass/day-use fee is required at Smith Rock State Park. Access to Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is free.