Trail Run Project Logo

Misery Ridge Loop

 15 votes

Length

4.1 Miles 6.5 Kilometers

80%

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

Elevation

911' 278 m

Ascent

-911' -278 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

63%

Max Grade (32°)

3,288' 1,002 m

High

2,624' 800 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 91 days ago
Dry History

Getting forecast...

The most popular route in Smith Rock State Park.

Dallas R

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.
Features: River/Creek — Views
Dogs: Leashed

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

You & this Featured Run


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 15 votes

#145

Overall
  4.8 from 15 votes
5 Star
80%
4 Star
20%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#2

in Oregon

#145

Overall
110 Views Last Month
2,617 Since Jul 1, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
80%
10%
10%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running