Drive across the vast Crooked River Ranch development, which is bordered by the Crooked River Canyon on the east and the Deschutes River Canyon on the west. You go into the development on Chinook Road, turn left onto Blacktail Drive, right on Quail Road and then left onto River Road, following this to its end, a dirt BLM parking lot deep within the Deschutes Canyon. Follow the trail signs on the north side of the parking lot to Steelhead Falls, 1/2 mile away on an easy trail.
From the trail you can access the river if you want to try your luck with the fish - no steelhead anymore due to downstream dams, though that might change. The waterfall is about a 15 foot drop and has a grand deep pool extending downstream. Kayakers also enjoy this stretch of the river canyon, though they portage around this particular rapid;-\
On the east side of the falls, you can see an old masonry fish ladder that was put in to help the salmon and steelhead migrate up the river higher during lower water levels. Newer downstream dams without fish ladders have put a stop to the age-old migrations, though work is going on to potentially remedy this.
From Smith Rocks to the reservoir at Lake Billy Chinook - some 25 miles - the Crooked River runs through an awesome 600 foot canyon. There are several such dramatic canyons in Central Oregon, but this is probably tops for drama. The casual visitor can best experience the canyon from the Peter Ogden State Park Wayside along the US 97 crossing. The old highway bridge has been made into a bike/pedestrian crossing. The river below includes several class IV rapids and the route is long - between the put-in above Smith Rocks to the first take-out near the golf course at Crooked River Ranch, you have 18 miles.
The pass in the cliff wall was named before the climbing/outdoor company from Vancouver BC was started, so maybe that company got a little help at naming itself from this well-known Smith Rock feature - big plu here for Arcteryx gear - maybe expensive, but definitely top-of-the -line!!
If you've walked all the way here from the parking lot along the river, you can either continue up and over the newer switchbacked trail going over Misery Ridge by the Monkey Face or you can climb over this pass. I have seen it rated as class 5.0 butI think it is more in the class 3-4 range. I have taken beginners over it without any problems. If you have a fear of heights, don't come here though - sitck to the same path that brought you here along the river.
There are a couple of restaurants in Terrebonne that serve up good Mexican food. Usually if you are staying in Terrebonne, you will have be renting a vacation house in the area. Normally, the weather is dry and warm and there will be a deck for outside dining. The food is then up to you and your imagination. Our particular house was located directly on the rim of the Crooked River Canyon. Waters rushed some 600 feet below. Views went on forever.
Favorite Dish: The favorite dish is whatever the cook - or cooks - have decided to cook up that evening. Add a little wine and some good company and you will be set for a memorable evening.