Misery Ridge Loop
ElevationAscent: 911' 278 m
Descent: -911' -278 m
High: 3,288' 1,002 m
Low: 2,624' 800 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)
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“The most popular route in Smith Rock State Park.”— Dallas R
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