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I've only taken the shorter trail but its one of my favorite hikes. Its a perfect hike to do near the end of June. The trail head is steep so it can be a little scary if you're afraid of heights. But besides that its beautiful especially on a clear day.

Elk on the way auto and on the way back down. Great views along the way of the coast.

hiking
18 days ago

The waterfall is beautiful. I have gone there many times and every time it continues to blow my mind. The falls and hike change with the seasons. Beautiful beautiful.

hiking
18 days ago

What a glorious hike. Exactly what I was looking for.

When driving down the forest road keep going past the nature conservatory trail, and you will find the Hart’s cove parking lot and trail head (this road is closed Jan 1 until July).
Easyish hike in. Beautiful old growth forest. Barking seals. You do have to pass a little creek and will probably get your feet wet. The top is exquisite. The hike back is more difficult.
What a wonderful trail and experience. I will go back this summer when it’s back open.

Not a dull moment on this hike. It’s got a spectacular reveal of Monkey Face when you pop up on a ridge, plus just the right amount of toughness with the climb and descent. This is followed up with a lovely amble along the river back to the start, passing by numerous, climb-able rock faces to admire. A great showcase of the high-desert terrain this area is known for.

hiking
21 days ago

i went out a couple weeks ago, and could not drive to the bottom. i have a lil sedan, so i just pulled off the side of the road and parked. even parking a ways up, the hike was totally worth it! the road down is a lovely walk.

hiking
21 days ago

made sure to go the last weekend of the year before it closed. very stormy but very beautiful. make sure you bring waterproof shoes!!

hiking
21 days ago

This hike was basically easy all the way until the switchbacks at the very end. At that point, I thought I saw Jesus coming for me. The mud on this trail is no joke, and the creek crossing was legit since I went on Dec 30, just days before the gate to the trailhead is locked for 7 months. The old growth trees are impressive, and the view of the cove and Chitwood Falls at the bottom are otherworldly. There were loads of fungi, but not too many critters out, most likely due to the time of year I hiked this. If you’re lucky you can hear the seals barking in the cove, but I didn’t actually see them. I highly recommend this hike, but be prepared for the steepness at the end. Good shoes are a must if you’re going to tackle this hike in the winter.

hiking
23 days ago

Gorgeous views with the chance of seeing elk along the way.

Amazing!

Such a beautiful hike!!! I’ve done it a few times now lots of fun..

One of my favorite hikes in Oregon!! Absolutely beautiful from the top. Not too hard. There were a bunch of elk at the top too.

Took us two hours to do this. Did it clockwise with the river trail first and then misery ridge. Perfect for a winter day. Misery ridge requires some climbing but the views of the canyon and river are beautiful on the way down.

the hike was really lovely! not too strenuous, though there is a hill. I was not so impressed with the spring themselves; two of the eight were out of order and we did a lot of waiting around before deciding to bail on our dip. people who were ahead of us in line had to make trips up and down the site with five gallon buckets to fill their tub. seemed like a lot of work for an experience I was hoping would be relaxing. so we went home dry. maybe better to go on a week day!

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning ocean and hill views for probably over half the hike, and the rest is lush, green and also beautiful. With all the footwork between the steps/erosion control, roots, and narrow path near the top this hike ends up feeling longer than it is - but totally worth it.

We actually weren’t able to hike the whole trail because of the snow. We couldn’t make it up to the trailhead in my Honda Civic, so we parked and hiked up. You’ll definitely need snow gear for your car and yourself!

hiking
1 month ago

It was brisk, so there weren’t as many people on the trail as expected. Trail was clear, only a tiny bit of snow here and there. We didn’t go into the springs, not what we went for truthfully. Not sure we’d go back. Sad to see some trash at the trailhead and up at the springs as well.

hiking
1 month ago

First time summit. Bit of snow towards the top but made for a gorgeous view.

The view is the best part once you get to the falls

hiking
1 month ago

Rated hard but is on the easy end of it. Not technical. Clear trail to the top. If you are able bodied this is relatively easy

amazing views and a great well kept trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail all the way. (This review describes hiking up the ridge first for a counterclockwise hike, which seems to be the more common choice and my preference.) Some very steep grades on the ascent up Misery Ridge, so I like to use a trekking pole. Great views of the river canyon on the ascent, then you wind around to the back where an even more spectacular view awaits of the cool Monkey Face rock formation (look for climbers on it) and the Cascade Range all the way from Mount Bachelor to Mount Hood. Then the trail descends down around Monkey Face and follows the river in a mostly flat meander past a lot of climbing sites. (A previous reviewer compared Smith Rock SP to Zion NP, just on a smaller scale. That is exactly what I thought the first time I visited here!)

Went this last Sunday, it was raining and I came out muddy and wet but all worth it! I drive 2 wheel Hondai Tucson and took the road down as far as I felt comfortable then walked. Felt good about my stopping point. The last mile of the road is larger rocks and comfortable in a higher clearance Subaru but I didn’t want to chance it. The Hike is great once you get to the trail head. Stayed Left, very steep but ropes right where you needed them. Loved walking along the river, glad I had boots, lots of rocks to get they but the Waterfall is mind blowing!

Amazing scenery, quick, fun, intense hike. Misery Ridge portion is not kid or dog friendly in my opinion with crowds and vertical drops.

Road to the trail is kinda hectic. alot of pot holes and big sharp rocks. asides from that I made it down to the gate in my honda crv. If u make it all the way to the end of the road the hike goes from 5.3 down to like 1 1/2 miles from the gate. stay to the left when u hike down the trail. STAY TO THE LEFT! if u don't want to climb down a cliff.

Its a great hike, i would definitely recommend this hike.
Different type of hike going down first and coming back up is no joke. Beautiful view definitely worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING! The only thing that makes me sad is that I don´t have any formal experience climbing. The views are stunning. Loved it! For me it wasn't a hard hike as some people say, I think moderate is accurate. Lots of people.

Great hike! Steep, but rewarding views and wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an amazing hike with amazing views of the Pacific, Hart's Cove and Chitwood Falls. We heard seals barking for a majority of our hike which was also very cool.
A few notes: 1. The directions on this website do not take you to the correct trailhead. When the forest road splits, stay to the left and continue to the end of the road. 2. My Apple Watch clocked 5.9 miles from start to finish, and that didn't include how much we were walking around down at the base of the meadow. Additionally, my elevation gain was clocked in at 1,328ft. I'm not sure if this review includes the hike from the top of the meadow to the base where you can view the cove. 3. The trail is NOT available year-round as this page says, it is closed Jan 1 - Jul 15 (these dates sometimes change). 4. As many others have said, this hike is not as difficult as AllTrails has rated it to be. It's definitely an uphill, somewhat difficult climb out, but certainly not impossible. 5. We counted 6 switchbacks in the first/last section of the hike, not 9.

Overall a great hike and I highly recommend it!!

Very special place. It's one that we've been talking about doing for a long time but I guess it was so close we always put it off. Move it to the top of your list of hikes within an hour of Portland.

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