The Northwest Face of the Smith Rock Group covers a large area of rock starting from just north of Cod Rock up to Asterisk Pass. There are a good number of bolted lines in this area that are separated in different little zones. The area gets most of its traffic from the constant stream of parties heading up the multi-pitch Wherever I May Roam, but there are plenty of other worthy lines in the area to jump on.
There are two ways to get to the Northwest Face. The quickest way is up and over Asterisk Pass from the main area of the park. Cross the main bridge and walk by the crowds at the The Christian Brothers take a trail that heads up west towards Asterisk Pass and make the short scramble up to the notch dividing the east and west zones of the park. Scramble down the west side with care. This can be a bit more difficult than you might like with a heavy pack on. After scooting down the ramp look for a trail heading left (south) if you are facing the river and walk along the base of the Northwest Face.
The other way of accessing the Northwest Face is to walk around the Southern Point of the park, staying low hiking with the flow of the Crooked River. Take the trail system that leads up towards Cod Rock. The trail heads uphill and slightly north. Keep walking in this general direction until you find a point in the trail where it switches back or keeps heading north. Take the trail north which ultimately will end up traversing along the base of the Northwest Face.
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Smith Rock State Park, OR
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