Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop

MODERATE 128 reviews
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Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Terrebonne, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles 1856 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowboarding

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Beautiful canyon and creek, Rock Climbing, Sheer cliffs, hiking and Mountain biking. This hike takes you up and down through this climbers paradise. Because this is a world famous climbing site and the weather is good year round, solitude is hit or miss. The amazing hike through the crooked river canyon is worth putting up with the crowds. The trail is mostly easy walking but gets quite strenuous as it climbs over the ridge. Stop occasionally and watch the climbers rise and fall on the solid rhyolite tuff. Many optional routes can lead you through this park, but one main trail exists throughout. Dont miss monkey face and other rock formations. After hiking this park, head over to the Cove Palisades and hike the Tam-A-Lau Loop.

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16 days ago

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Well worth it. Not easy. But fun.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Never gets old. Such a unique landscape.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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4 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 :)

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Loved this hike! Incredible scenery the entire way up and down. 60 degrees was perfect weather. Wouldn't do it on a hot day! Make sure you eat a good meal before going up. I failed to to so and was pretty woozy on the way up. Heights do that to me anyway, so the mix of those wasn't fun. So bring a power bar and plenty of water or Gatorade! Also wear the right shoes. The loose dirt and gravel makes for slippery conditions in some spots. Over all I can't wait to go back someday!

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5 months ago

Beautiful sites. So worth it! A lot of uphill hiking. Some of the areas can be a little slippery but manageable. Just wear good hiking shoes and be careful in those spots. If it is warm, be sure to bring enough water. Also a snack since it is a long hike.

We got to see some amazing tight rope walking where some rock climbers walked between Monkey Face and Misery Ridge. It was amazing.

That walk back up to the parking lot at the end about did me in. 

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great hike! It's definitely a hike that will get your heart rate up and make you sweat. You will probably want to take breathers along the way up, as the switchbacks are steep. We hiked in the late afternoon, which put us on the shady side of the rock going up. Central Oregon is quite hot in the summer, and I wouldn't want to hike this trail mid-day. The view at the top is fabulous, and it is so fascinating to watch rock climbers and slack-liners do their thing. The descent on the sunny side of the rock was pleasant, because by that time of day it was naturally cooling down and the trail paralleled the river. There is incredible scenery at every angle and every height, even down low along the river. Anyone who likes hiking and lives in Oregon needs to do this hike...and it's a great place to take visitors. It really showcases what Oregon has to offer outdoor enthusiasts.

5 months ago

Great hike! Very steep and I had to take a few breaks, but once up top it was so worth the views!! I really liked watching the rock climbers too! Make sure you have good shoes for slippery terrains!! So happy I got this one under my belt!!

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

Great hike with steep, slippery descents. This is one of the harder cardio hikes I've been on and it feels very hot even when it's only in the low 70s. It's cool to watch the rock climbers and the view from the summit is magnificent. It's a great place to take visitors.

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6 months ago