Home to large group of climbing areas, The Marsupials can offer respite from the crowds on busy days at Smith Rock since it takes a good 45 minutes to 1 hour or more to get to where you want to go. After crossing the bridge to enter the park, take an immediate right and keep the river on your right until you reach the trail cutoff for Burma Road. Get your heart rate going as you hike uphill and cross over the diverted drainage onto Burma Road. Continue on the wide dirt road until you reach the main switchback from left to right. From here you will be at the base of Koala Rock, with The Wombat rising high above behind it.
The Marsupials are home to some of the finest routes in the park across a variety of beginner, intermediate, and hard-man lines. Koala Rock has plenty of easy to moderate climbs with a few multi-pitch climbs that top out. The Mudpile offers great single pitch lines with likes of Lusty Lady being one of the best 5.8's in the park. And if that isn't enough, Brogan Spire tries its best to mimic tower-climbing with a small prominent notch that can be accessed between a variety of routes. There really is something for everyone, just suck it up and make the hike with a days worth of food and water and you'll be happy.
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Smith Rock State Park, OR
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