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.
Hiked up to the Misery Ridge Summit via the River Trail with my 11 year old lab. The only trouble spot we came upon was at the switchbacks near the top. The trail had significant ice but was still passable. Just go slow on the ice and in no time, you'll be at the top. Definitely worth the view.
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!
Cici M. on Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop
Never gets old. Such a unique landscape.
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!