Misery Ridge and River Trail

MODERATE 231 reviews
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Misery Ridge and River Trail is a 3.8 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 days ago

great views of the mountains, rock climbers and wildlife. the backside of misery ridge can be steep, narrow, and slippery so be careful.

hiking
16 days ago

Great views of mountains in distance, of river below, and of landscapes in all directions

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked River Trail to Mesa Verde Trail to Misery Ridge with family. Stunning views from the top. Disappointed we didn’t see any rock climbers the entire loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Up and down Misery Ridge

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful!!!

, This was one of the best hikes i have taken so far, the hike up was tuff but not impossible, the View on the top was splendid( great open sunny sky that day) the way down was a delight and the all walk on the river edge was amazing, with fantastic rocks formation on our left side and beautifull river scean on the wright.. it was a blast all the way..

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. A bit tough with a 10 month old on your bike.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous views! Great workout too!

hiking
4 months ago

Finished in 2 hours. Great quick hike. I went up the steep way first, and I didn't find it to be as terrible as it sounds. It's steep for sure but before you know it you're at the top. I went early morning to beat the crowd and heat. Wear good shoes bc it's loose gravel and sand. And lots of water. Beautiful. And then you go down and have a flat easy trail to cool down on.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing scenery! Beautiful rock formations and the river is refreshing. The first part of misery ridge trail is pretty intense and personally I would not rate that part of the hike as "moderate", but "semi difficult". The good news is that if that is too difficult, you have other options. The river trail is very scenic and you get many opportunities to see people rock climbing. Because the trail going downhill can have a tendency to be loose gravel and you lose your footing, I suggest you were a good hiking boots, and a walking stick is also a good aide. The bathroom facilities, water fountain, and information hut are all first class. I definitely plan on going again.

hiking
5 months ago

Prepare a lot of water and sunscreen. Great view and a fun hike.

5 months ago

Beautiful! Very hard in the heat and after rock climbing, but the scenery was great.

hiking
5 months ago

Juste un décor de cinéma....incroyable!

5 months ago

Phenomenal hike! You'll get the best views of Smith Rock and the surrounding mountains of any hike in this area.

All elevation is gained in the first mile of the trail. Getting up early and hitting the trail before the sun is fully raised will not only help you beat the heat, but will also give you some cool views of Smith Rock (we got the trail at about 5:45 AM).

Definitely do this hike if you are in Central Oregon. It is worth the switch backs!

5 months ago

Challenging hike to the summit of Misery Ridge, but the views are worth it.

5 months ago

Idyllic! Reminds me of Utah. Took the misery ridge to the mesa versa to the river trail. Very steep switchbacks if you start from misery ridge heading straight up from the bridge, but it's worth it. You can go the other way and come down them instead but there's still another set of switchbacks on the other side! Saw two snakes on the river trail portion, so stay aware.

5 months ago

Go later in the day to take advantage of the little shade the trees will provide! Not a long hike distance wise, but it's best to take your time since the climate makes it difficult and the down hill is slick. Definitely bring water, I drank through my whole camel pack. But I saw multiple people without water at all...

hiking
6 months ago

Hard for a novice. Steep. Great views. Worth the work. Bring lots of water and wear grippy shoes.

hiking
6 months ago

The diversity and views on this hike are absolutely amazing. In addition to the stunning beauty of Smith Rock, you get crystal clear views of Three Sisters, Three Finger Jack, Mt Jefferson, and Mt Hood. The uphill and downhill sections of the Misery Ridge Trail are on the tough side, but so worth it. Do this hike if you have the chance.

hiking
6 months ago

Holy switchbacks! This was my first hike on the west coast! Bring EXTRA water and a cliff bar. Don't feel lame if mountain side Barbie passes you running down the hill, if you're not a local, this is like climbing the back of a fire breathing, 1,000 ft tall, Sasquatch! So much heat. Very high intensity cardio wise. Water. Sunscreen. Leave the dog at home, going down either side is very steep and slippery. Take your time, my legs almost gave out just getting back up the entrance trail afterward and I workout often! Definitively longer then 3.8 miles from car and back. Totally worth the accomplishment and the view but definitely hard!

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