Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail

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  • Panoramic view of Smith Rock and the Crooked River.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • View of Smith Rock and the Crooked River.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • Arrowleaf balsom root (Balsamorhiza sagittata).- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • Fiddle-neck (Amsinckia).- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • Cushion daisy (Erigeron engelmannii).- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
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  • Climber on the Picnic Lunch Wall.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
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  • Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis).- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • Switchback trail up to Misery Ridge.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • View looking northeast over the Crooked River.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
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  • View down a switchback on the Misery Ridge Trail.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
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  • View from the top of Misery Ridge.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • View from the top of Misery Ridge.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • View looking northwest toward the natural pillar, Monkey Face.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
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  • View looking west across Monkey Face.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • View looking up at Monkey Face.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
  • Heading down on the Mesa Verde Trail to connect with the River Trail.- Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hiking Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Relatively short. Nearby camping.
Cons: 
Summer heat.
Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($5.00)
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
2,880 ft (878 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
700 ft (213 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Misery Ridge Trail in Smith Rock State Park is an exceptional day hike that provides a full tour of one of Oregon's most iconic natural areas.  From the trailhead, the trail descends into the Crooked River Gorge, crosses the park's only bridge, and then starts the climb to the top of the park's golden rock cliffs.  As you make your way through the switchbacks, watch the ground for sunbathing reptiles, and look for golden eagle aeries on the northern cliff walls.  Once you've reached the summit, roughly 700 feet above the river, you'll have a close view of the famous Monkey Face formation, and on clear days the Cascades are visible from Mount Jefferson to Broken Top.  Take the western route on your return to connect with the Mesa Verde Trail.  You'll pass Monkey Face and eventually connect with the River Trail to make a full loop out of the adventure. 

Mid-summer temperatures can become sweltering, so you may wish to avoid the mid-day sun.  Also, note that the only camping in the park is the walk-in camping at Bivouac Campground.

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