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Awesome trail, very busy, very doable for anyone. Easy trail and short enough to take your time. $5 parking fee.

Beautiful trail to the top. Quite the Climb though.

9 days ago

This place is incredible. I could spend a week checking it all out. Will definitely return, highly recommend! Came in the off-season (November 5) after visitor center closed for the year. We had the whole place to ourselves hiking to the top of the Butte.

Today we visited 7/7 of the Oregon Wonders. Smith Rock was the final one and it did not disappoint. It reminded me a little bit of Zion - a mini version though. The hike was pleasant and easy up to the Misery Ridge. A couple of strenuous and steep switch backs take you to the top. The views on top are very rewarding. I totally recommend doing the river trail first and ascending the ridge from the back side. It’s shorter (but steeper) and faster. Also, your knees will thank the steps on the front side of the rock formation. Save some energy for the final incline to the parking lot. This one might be the most brutal one! Lol.

25 days ago

Great trail for our family! Wonderful views and walking along the river was delightful. It also had great spots to sit and enjoy the views along the way including all the rock climbing.

This was a terrific hike! We hiked counter-clockwise to get the ascent done first.
The hike was heavily trafficked on the day we were there.
Great views!

Beautiful hike! The rock faces were stunning at every turn. The first portion was a steady uphill. The last third was flat. I wish it had been more of a workout but it made for a great part of the day!

1 month ago

Beautiful sunset views!

We hiked Misery to River Trail around noon on a Sunday. It was early Oct. which was perfect weather for a hike like this. Air was crisp. The Misery trail is very vertical but doable for a mildly out of shape 52 year old. Just had to take frequent stops to catch my breath. It was worth it though! Back side was much easier but the steep decline was very slippery due to loose gravel. Take it slow.

Wonderful trail and a great view of Monkey Face. plenty of Trail Runners and pet walkers but not too overcrowded for a Wednesday midafternoon the river trail portion was very mild but crossing Misery Ridge was very steep with no guard rails. Definitely worth visiting again.

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1 month ago

We started on this trail & ended up doing the entire summit loop trail. Very easy. Pretty view of the Crooked River with geese and ducks. This plus the entire loop was just under 8 miles with only one step section that didn’t last long. We brought a few snacks and water.

This trail was beautiful! They were well marked. We did Misery Trail first and it was a bit strenuous but we just rested often. The views were spectacular!

pleasant easy walk

This trail was lung burner for sure! We took the misery ridge trail first and came back around on the river trail. Misery ridge is rated as difficult and river trail is easy, which I’m assuming is why this trail is labeled moderate. Took about 2 hours stopping for a few pictures. Views from the top are breathtaking!

Completed this hike 9/21. Hiked the loop in the clockwise direction. That means we went left after crossing footbridge. Took the River trail to the Mesa Verde Trail, then hiked down the Misery Ridge trail. We found this the easier way to go since we had 2 kids with us. 11 years and 7 years old. My GPS app says we hiked 4.45 miles. I think that’s pretty accurate. On the Smith Rock map it says this loop is 4 miles and that doesn’t count the distance from the parking lot. So I don’t know why AllTrails says 3.6 miles.
The hike is breathtaking. Walking along the river and then seeing Monkey Face come into view...It was amazing. Then getting to the top...beyond words. You can see every mountain. Bachelor to Hood. I would do this hike again.

Took the 4-year-old and 2 month old along chutes to canyon trail to river trail then turned back about 1.25 miles in due to preschooler exhaustion. Gorgeous hike and even though it was a sparkling Sunday, beat the crowds. Super dusty and port-a-potties were full so empty your bladders before getting there. Lots of climbers to gawk at (do their mothers know they’re doing that?!?!?!). Great day!!!

Easy and super informative trail. 4-year-old loved it and the parents learned a lot too. Maybe bring more water - it’s the high desert and wasn’t hot but coming from high humidity we are feeling the dry air!

Beautiful hike, fantastic scenery. Completed this hike in September 2017.

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1 month ago

This trail is gorgeous. Tons of payoff for pretty minimal effort, as we say in our fam. Definitely recommend.

Love most of this trail, don't love the section that's on the side of the road, but otherwise a great easy trail and some great sections along the river.

Such a unique trail! Be sure to wear hiking boots!

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2 months ago

Short hike to the lookout and down to the bottom. The falls were covered in green algae.

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2 months ago

fun, easy trail with great views of the falls

This is a great trail, but boy it kicked my arse! I’m not very fit, and I have bad joints, so I’d either of those aren’t a problem for you it’s definitely doable. It took me about an hour to get up, and 45 minutes to get down the ridge itself; the river trail is quite pretty afterwards. I did the ridge first, which was easier for me as I can’t climb down stairs very well - if you’d prefer to go up stairs, go the ridge first, and if you’d prefer to go down stairs and up a hill, do the ridge last. There is an incline without stairs on both sides, but there are a fair few stairs up doing the ridge first.
You really have to watch your footing - I saw a lot of people fall, and I nearly slipped a few times myself, even with poles and hiking boots. Just be careful :)

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2 months ago

Nice little hike. About 1 mile up and 1 mile down. Not too difficult on the way up but a steady climb. There are plenty of little pull outs with benches that would be perfect for a little pic nic or something.
You can also drive to the top which I found odd. That option might be seasonal.
The top of the hike is a HUGE space with informational signs, bathrooms, and water fountain that was not cooperating on my trip.
Good short little hike with great views

2 months ago

Enjoyed the spectacular views from the top. Great for the family as our three littles had a fun hike up and down. Will be doing it as a family more often.

Amazing views, well maintained, fairly easy to park even on a holiday weekend (Labor Day)

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2 months ago

This beautiful hike takes you through some of the best areas of the park.

We did the route counter clockwise, and the first segment up Misery Ridge is pretty strenuous. The rest of the hike was all very moderate.

Love this hike. Along the river there are so many fun detours and awe inspiring rifts and ridges, huge facing cliffs. Going up misery ridge is tough (duh) but amazing at the top.

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