Smith Rocks State Park near Terrebonne is a scenic stop for hiking, rock climbing and photography.Edited: 01 September 2018, 07:03
You have two options. One is to head to the gorge via I-84 from Portland, then at Hood River get onto 35, then 26 for Timberline. After that head back on 26 the same way you came to head to Bend. Another option is to bypass the gorge and from Portland head out on 26, stop at Timberline, and continue on to Bend. From Portland to Bend, bypassing the gorge, this usually takes us about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. As for which one to take, it just depends on how much time you want to take and what your interests are, and time of year (gorge can be icy in the winter). Both of these routes are nice and we have done them numerous times.