This trailhead is located on Forest Service Road 5710 just slightly northwest from Skull Hollow Campground. From this trailhead there is access to the Cole Loop Trail (#854) which junctions with the Warner Loop Trail (#854A) and Gray Butte Trail (#852).
View a vicinity map here.
*** There is a Closure Order prohibiting dispersed camping outside of the Skull Hollow campground. View a map of the closure area here. This closure is designed to help protect natural resources around the trailhead from overuse and to prevent conflict between campers and day users. Please observe the closure order and use the campground for camping in the vicinity of Skull Hollow trailhead.
We arrived late in the evening and accidentally ended up at the free side of the camp (on the way in you need to turn left for the maintained area, which we didn't notice, but there was couple campsites built by the road continuing further). It was totally fine, we missed having a picnic table, but still there was a grill spot. Awesome location, in general I recommend it
We pulled up on a Saturday afternoon to find a plentiful selection of sites! It is a nice quiet campsite and easy to get to with a camper. We stayed at site 6 that had plenty of room for multiple tents and several cars and a trailer. The sites can be effected by wind and most certainly the sun. Overall a great dry camping site and if it’s full there are plenty of dispersed sites down the road!
Drove through this campsite to check out our next visit. This is the place to be on a clear night. I can only imagine the stars above and the show to be seen. I’ll definitely be back.
roomy, cheap, clean campsites. excellent last minute camping and amazing hosts. can get full quickly.amazing stargazing at night lots of coyote yipping in the distance.
There are a lot of trails nearby! Hiking, Bike and atv trails. There is also access to the "road" that leads to the top of Grey Butte. It's not much of a road more like a widened rough trail but we made it up in our truck! The view.up top was spectacular!! The road is only open certain time if the year-i believe March thru September. Definitely worth the drive up to top! Makes you feel on top of the world-or at least Central Oregon 😁
This is a simple, wide open tent camping area and it's really close to Smith Rock. You can wake up early to see the sun on the rock formations and then hike to the climbs in approximately 20-30 minutes.
Its very minimal, but totally doable for hikers. Not to far from Smith Rock
Just a 10 minute drive from Smith Rock this is a great place for larger groups who want to camp and cook all together, have campfires (depending on the season and current restrictions), save money, and avoid the crowds at the bivy site. Outhouses, but no electricity or running water. Don’t leave valuables in unattended vehicles.
This campground is a little bit out from the state park but is very nice still. The sites are pretty well spread out and pretty large. You can easily have multiple tents in most of the sites.
The road is somewhat close to the campground so you don't get some noise but overall a nice place to stay if the campground at smith rock is full.
Stayed overnight after climbing Three Fingered Jack and before climbing at Smith the next day. The surrounding grasslands are absolutely stunning and amazingly peaceful. Obviously it is a bit rustic, but that's all good.