If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver. Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and strongly encourage all park users to stay on trails. Note: Open fires prohibited at all times. There is a designated place for cooking with propane and white gas stoves. Cooking is not allowed anywhere else in the park. Gas lanterns are also prohibited. Smoking is only allowed in vehicles.

Have done Misery Ridge and the river trail many times in my 25 year life, instead of going back to the car gave this trail a try, boy did I hit the jackpot, AMAZING views and a heaven for photographers

Headed out expecting crowds but managed to get an early enough start to miss the worst of them. Started by going down the chute trail then heading up the misery ridge trail which was pretty steep until the top. Great views on the way up and plenty of views as you hike along the top. There were nice switchbacks on the way down until we took a right on the Mesa Verde trail to get onto the Summit Trail, which was much more peaceful. The Summit Trail was longer but not very steep. There was a great viewpoint off to the right about half way that was worth the tenth of the mile it took to reach it. The best part of the hike was over once we reached the Burma Road Trail that descended to the Wolf Tree Trail that followed the river back to our starting point, both of which were more crowded. Overall this was a moderate hike with great views that was worth the crowds.

Hiked misery ridge at 4am to watch the sunrise and it was well worth the early morning wake up call. Trails are maintained very well and it appropriate for all skill levels. One of these days I will have to muster up the courage to climb monkey face. Watch out for rattle and bull snakes in the summer!

Well worth it. Not easy. But fun.

Terrific sights to see here. Love the ruggedness of it but it's still a well put together trail in my opinion. Go on a sunny day and you'll love the distance you can see as you get to certain spots.

trail running
1 month ago

Tried running this loop and fell a bit short as much of it is just a bit too steep for me to run. Overall a great trail and if you're hiking w kiddos on your back it's perfectly safe.

Loved this trail we did it this summer and had a great time as a family. Would highly recommend.

Never gets old. Such a unique landscape.

First quarter is a tough ascension but the remaining is just switchbacks descending down and around the river. Amazing views. Fantastic. Trail is well maintained. Good facilities. Very dry for mid November.

2 months ago

Breath taking hike. If you don't mind people and having to worry about your dog being on leash for 6 miles, I'd say this was a fabulous hike. This was without a doubt one of the most beautiful heavily populated state parks I've ever been to. Healthy wildlife and river run. Be careful for rattlesnakes, I ran into a pretty disgruntled young Diamond Back. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Steep uphill but worth the sweat! Lots of rock climbers- they are so fun to watch. 5$ parking fee

3 months ago

Fun hike with incredible views! The uphill really wasn't that bad and it was mostly in the beginning so you can just get it over with and enjoy the rest of the hike :)

Beautiful views over all the surrounding mountains and towns.

We took our 7 year old daughter, who enjoyed the playful antics of river otters a bit more than the switchbacks up Misery. Yet rewarded by great views, and a close up of a standalone ecosystem that rubberneckers at the base probably don't suspect is up on top. Great views of monkey rock, from beneath, side and above. Watching world-class rock climbers on impossible routes -- bonus!!