For such a large and good looking chunk of rock from afar, The Monument Area offers very little climbing and very few quality routes. The routes tend to be very easy or seem to require some fairly serious climbing ability.
The are a host of very easy climbs on The Monument that tend to see a good amount of traffic when the area is open outside of raptor closures. The climbs move through large huecos that can be filled with pebbles and rocks that will easily rain down on your belayer if you don't tread lightly. For the most part, the climbing is rather unremarkable.
Cross the bridge at the main park entrance and take an immediate right before heading uphill. Follow the trail upriver with the Crooked River on your right. As the river bends back to the south The Monument Area sits on your left and is more or less directly across the river from the Lower Gorge and overflow parking above. If you hit the Burma Road trail cutoff you have gone too far.
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Smith Rock State Park, OR
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