Burma Road Trail: The View From Above

Burma Road Trail: The View From Above

Location: Smith Rock State Park

Length: 6.5 miles

GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233

Smith Rock State Park is a very popular destination in Oregon both among hikers and rock climbers. A well-developed trail system and numerous rocks for climbing attract thousands of tourists.

Burma Road Trail is a breathtaking 6.5-mile hike that takes you to the top. The trail is fabulous because hikers see and explore the difference between the unique ecosystem near the river, at the bottom and at the forested top of Burma.

No doubt the trail was named so because of its steepness and unique, rough scenery. From the very beginning the trail takes you down to the Crooked River. You will cross the footbridge and hike along the river, enjoying the views and exploring this ecosystem.

Very soon you the trail merges with the main Burma Road Trail. The trail is not of the easies ones, because of the steepness, but at the end, when you will find yourself at the top, you will understand that it was worthy. Panoramic views and closeness to the rocks is just indescribable.

No matter what direction you will look at, views will take your breath anyway. From this point you have several options, either return to the parking lot, or continue to the Gray Butte Trail or Summit Trail.

Both of the trails will reward you with fabulous scenery beneath and rugged cliffs with lots of climbers. These people experience Smith Rock State park from the other perspective. Who knows which option is better, but I’m sure that Smith Rock State Park is a must-visit destination for every nature-lover. All the views and experience that offers this park are well worth the efforts! Enjoy the views of Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson, as well as a great view of the park.

If you are lucky and the day is clear, you will surely see Broken Top, Mt. Bachelor, and Mt. Washington as well.
Fall, winter and spring months are ideal for hiking at Smith Rock; winter is also dry here, so the trails will be in good conditions either.

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Maryna Petrova

Pictures taken: 09/3/16

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