Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
Trail type
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

State Park Fee


Panoramic views. Relatively short. Nearby camping.


Summer heat.

Trailhead Elevation

2,880.00 ft (877.82 m)

Net Elevation Gain

700.00 ft (213.36 m)


Rock climbing
Bird watching
Big vistas

Typically multi-day



Field Guide + Map


We recently id this hike for the first time during the winter with snow on the ground. It was absolutely beautiful.
Trail was in great condition today pre-7am for a sunrise hike with my two girls. I've done it before but wanted to see if they would enjoy it. 9 and 6 years old. There were a few places I got nervous but they did great. We went up and over then descended the mesa verde/river trail side instead of risk coming back down the really steep part
The hike to the top was doable in the snow and the views were just as beautiful (even with a little cloud cover). This hike is a must do in any season!
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