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Misery Ridge Loop

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Trail

4.1 mile 6.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 911' 278 m
Descent: -911' -278 m
High: 3,288' 1,002 m
Low: 2,624' 800 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)

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Trail shared by Dallas R

The most popular route in Smith Rock State Park.

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Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

This route joins several segments of the Misery Ridge Trail, Mesa Verde Trail, and River Trail to make a loop. You'll go up the ridge, down the back side, past Monkey Face Pinnacle, join the Mesa Verde trail, and eventually the River Trail which takes you around the south end of the Smith Rock Group along the river.

Need to Know

$5 parking fee without Oregon State Park Pass. The machines like $5 bills, will take $10 bills but returns Susan B Anthony $1 coins. Change at the visitor center. Credit Card accepting machine in campground parking lot.

Description

The trail actually starts at the bridge. There are three ways to get to the bridge. The Canyon/Chute Trail from the main parking lot; The Rope De Dope Trail from the bivouac; and the Homestead Trail from the north point parking lot.

Traveling this route, you get to climb to the highest overlook on Misery Ridge. Going down the backside, you'll pass a volcanic bubble which you can crawl inside. From inside, you can take pictures out the "window." From here, you'll continue passed the Monkey Face Pinnacle, and then travel along the scenic Crooked River on the River Trail.

Oftentimes this loop is done backwards, starting along the River Trail then heading up the loose pebble switchbacks along Mesa Verde on the west side of Misery Ridge trail. Then, use the stair system to make your descent back to the valley floor. Along the canyon floor, you'll get up close to the eon long war between the pyroclastic welded tuft, the intrusive rhyolite, the volcanic basalt flow, and the sculptures knife, the Crooked River.

This route is popular because you get to see all of the best that Smith Rock State Park has to offer.

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Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

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Sep 9, 2019
Luke Servedio
Jul 11, 2019
Logan O'Dell
Jul 7, 2019
Erin Gawlak
4.1mi
Jun 25, 2019
Tony Redford
Jun 25, 2019
Lexie Neffinger
STEEP, beautiful views from top, monkey's face, then chill river walk 4.1mi — 1h 45m
Jun 18, 2019
Kimberly Hansen
Jun 16, 2019
James Cox
May 18, 2019
Paton McClung

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