Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Smith Rock State Park

Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Terrebonne, Oregon that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,778 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

bird watching

running

cave

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Beautiful canyon and creek, Rock Climbing, Sheer cliffs, hiking and Mountain biking. This hike takes you up and down through this climbers paradise. Because this is a world famous climbing site and the weather is good year round, solitude is hit or miss. The amazing hike through the crooked river canyon is worth putting up with the crowds. The trail is mostly easy walking but gets quite strenuous as it climbs over the ridge. Stop occasionally and watch the climbers rise and fall on the solid rhyolite tuff. Many optional routes can lead you through this park, but one main trail exists throughout. Dont miss monkey face and other rock formations. After hiking this park, head over to the Cove Palisades and hike the Tam-A-Lau Loop.

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rocky
9 days ago

We completed the summit trail loop hike on May 23rd which was a total of 8 miles as per my Apple Watch with 1270 elevation gain. It took us about 5 hours- we stopped a few times as the views are breathtaking. I am an amateur hiker and it was an easy route- just need the endurance but not much climbing required except for one portion coming down which was steep- with extra time you can complete it. Would recommend wearing good shoes, carrying lots of water and snacks. The views are just breathtaking with the river on one side for some portion and the mountains on the other side. We started at the welcome center, took the canyon trail, river trail, summit trail, joined the Burma road, wolf tree trail and arrived back at the footbridge. It’s a beautiful state park and worth a visit for sure!!!

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10 days ago

Views :) It’s an actual misery hiking up here, but nothing that taking small breaks doesn’t fix :)

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2 months ago

Beautiful but harder than expected! It’s not 5.5 miles It’s more like 7.5

2 months ago

Great hike in the high desert with nice views of the surrounding area. Bring lots of water.

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4 months ago

Recommend trekking poles! Day fee area, $5 or Oregon pass. The parking lot was overflowing on a Friday in January. Very crowded until I did the summit trail, nice solitude there. Gorgeous. Dog friendly.

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no shade
4 months ago

Great trail, though I think we'd call it moderate. We had great views and a sunny day in late January. Misery Ridge is quite steep, but the Summit trail is very gentle and pretty easy. There are views all over the place so it made for slow going, as I kept having the stop and take photos. Since the trail is short, we did the Gray Butte Trail for a total of 17.4 miles, highly recommended.

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rocky
snow
4 months ago

4 months ago

It was a nice hike and not too difficult. my 14yo son hiked with me and was able to do it. Weather was overcast and some of the trail was slick especially on the north side with less sun but overall a great day out.

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rocky
5 months ago

It was an intense lung workout to the misery summit. I felt vertigo and altitude sickness just because I’m not trained in doing such cardio so quickly. Hearing fellow hikers say they were so busy focusing on their misery on the way up was hilarious. You feel their pain. You can take it at your own pace but the steps and trail up is quiet narrow and wet so trying to avoid running into people can be hard. The hike down was the best part aside from the summit. Recommend time to get this hike done about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. So exhilarating!

Initial climb is quite steep and backside was a bit snowy/slick. Overall a really nice, sunny hike.

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6 months ago

Take the summit trail instead of going to the river trail because the river trail is closed to help restore the habitat. Otherwise great day to walk in the clouds!

6 months ago

Worth it once, try to miss the crowds. Remember to leave it better than you found it.

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7 months ago

It was a fun challenge with the climbers adding entertainment.

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

What a STELLAR hike for anyone willing to put in some serious incline work at the beginning. It took about 45 min for me to make it up the steepest incline, but the views were absolutely worth it. Really appreciated the (mostly) relaxed second half of the trail and so fun to watch the rock climbers as I made my way to the beginning again. Absolutely loved this trek and look forward to doing it again SOON!

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8 months ago

Started at 8am going “clockwise” and with lots of side exploration and sight seeing finished well before noon! Beautiful trail with awesome views. Definitely recommend doing the incline first so that your hike back down and around is shady and leisurely.

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rocky
9 months ago

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no shade
9 months ago

nice views went up for sunset did the trail backwards beautiful sunrise and very quiet. when we came back more and more people came to do the hike but there is no shade on the trail so gets warm/hot during the day.

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10 months ago

Way too packed. But the views are nice and it's a decent hike.

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rocky
10 months ago

Not much to add to what's been said. It wasn't crowded at all (Monday) but it is blazing hot with no shade. I went up Misery Ridge, down Monkey Face, around the backside and up Summit trail, down Burma Road or whatever it's called, and back by the canyon river trail. It took about 4 hours and 20 minutes but I spent over an hour at lunch and another half hour just general sight seeing.

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10 months ago

Misery Ridge definitely lives up to its name. I have hiked this trail twice and it never gets any easier on the way up. Make sure to take lots of water. Walking sticks are recommended for older walkers. It made it much easier the 2nd time up. We were able to finish Misery Ridge and the loop around near the river in 2 3/4 hours. The view at the top is spectacular and well worth the trip.

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rocky
10 months ago

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