nature trips




trail running

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.

Beautiful hike! One of my favorite place to come is Bend Or and see all it's beauty.

So much fun I want to go back!

AMAZING HIKE. We decided to hike the steeper part first and it was much more worth it for the beautiful hike down on the easier side. Started at about 4pm and the temperature was perfect! Beautiful views and nice people in the area!

I hiked this trail with my family and it was a challenging hike for me but I feel so accomplished as I’ve always wanted to be able to do hikes like this. Made it all the way to the top. Gorgeous views all around. My boys are 12 and 15.

Get your lungs ready! Great hike up! 10/10

It was a strenuous hike to the top but well worth it!!
I completed the complete loop, even while coming down some parts were very steep.
Don't forget to look back at the monkey face once you reach down (you will understand why they call it monkey face!!)

Awesome Invigorating hike! Ended up taking the longest and hardest hike up by accident but it was well worth it.

Definitely love this hike! Spectacular sunrise and sunset views. Of course all times of day are great but if you can manage dawn or dusk hikes the reward is amazing!

Well maintained, beautiful trail, go later in the day to avoid crowds on the weekends . Gorgeous views at the top!

21 days ago

We got there at 10:30 and parking was already almost full due to a beautiful day on a holiday weekend. I did see additional parking right outside the park if needed. It never felt crowded though as the hikers and rock climbers were pretty spread out. It was absolutely beautiful and I will definitely be back to try some different trails.

Must see views from the summit.

Worth the drive from the valley. We went on Memorial Day weekend and parking was awful. The loop took my wife and I three hours from parking lot and back. Be prepared for Misery Trail to blast your thighs.

Vistas to die for.

Awesome trail and the views can not be beat! Take extra water and cover up, do not forget to stop and look up!

Amazing day pushing personal limits! Having never hiked, it was definitely not a race, but a trail worthy of more preparation for a second go! Shoes with good traction, water, and poles recommended for the novice... I had the water part down!

Great day!

BEST HIKE I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. Went in October of last year and it was still wonderful

Incredible hike! Stunning views!

It goes without saying that sunscreen, and multiple applications, are critical. We did this 5/13/18 and saw 2 other people, only on the first stretch. I would call it a little tougher than ‘moderate’, you’re doing 3k ft in 6.4 miles. It’s a great alternative to the busy Misery Ridge trail.

Started the trail around 4pm and caught the early sunset on the way down. Bring lots of water if doing this in the late spring-summer months. Be aware of rattlers. Saw 3 on the trail. Keep your eyes open for gorgeous views, climbers on slack line, and the Monkey Face. Well worth it!

What a great hike! Feels like we got the full Smith Rock experience. We got to the park around 1 and parking waa full, the park was very crowded on a sunny and warm spring day. Misery Ridge section of the trail was quite crowded but once we continued on over the ridge it was very quite. We only passed a handful of people - it was a nice change from the crowded start. Trails are well maintained, a little gravelly in spots but nothing too difficult. This loop gives you the full Smith Rock experience and definitely is worth the extra time exploring.

Great trail, in very good condition!

Amazing. That’s all you can say! Definitely recommend doing this hike, you’ll have no regrets!

It is called Misery ridge for a reason! The hike up was no easy task even for being pretty fit. The view and sweat was totally worth it. Trail was clear and not much shade so I recommend going early. Hands down beautiful hike and worth the effort

1 month ago

This is an easy hike once you get down to stream level. Not much incline, just a little bumpy. Once upon a time I took my 4/6 year old on this trail and we had to carry the 4 year old up the steep incline to the parking lot because it was too much for her. Otherwise it was a fun adventure for us

It was very well maintained as well as clean and fun! I would defiantly recommend but bring a lot of water! It gets very hot in the sun. Absolutely breathtaking views!

Amazing views! The climb is pretty intense but it's well worth it. Really crowded today between 1 and 3PM but maybe that's because it's a Saturday. Try going on a weekday or before noon. We also came across 2.3 rattlesnakes (one was really small) so watch out for those, especially in the lower areas.

Definitely a bit miserable at first. I recommend going up misery ridge first then coming down the backside as the steepness of Misery Ridge with the scree can be slippery!

I hike this often, mainly because its in my backyard. I am never disappointed.

Load More