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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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,778 ft Route type Loop

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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.

Oregon Parks and Recreation, 503-378-6305

Heading north from bend on hwy 97 drive 7.5 miles to the town of Terrebonne. In Terrebonne turn right onto smith rock road. After 2.3 miles, take a left (still Smith Rock Road) another left and a right in immediate sucession staying on smith rock road the whole time. If this seems confusing, just follow the signs for smith rock state park. Park at the day use area unless you intend to camp at the walk in. (recommended)

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KidsWithGuns User
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Jessica Brandenburg
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This is my second time doing this hike and it was just as amazing as the first. A few things to note: there is very little shade and, due to Covid-19, their water fountains are shut off. With that being said, make sure you bring lots of water! We definitely drank every drop of ours. We started this hike by going counter clockwise, along the water and up Burma Road. I like that it gets the big incline out of the way first and I prefer the views going up this way. We started around nine am and it was already really hot. For the first four or so miles we saw barely anyone and all we are wearing masks. Once we got to the Mesa trail, there were more people and most were not wearing masks (even though there are TONS of signs saying masks are required). Luckily they were all going the opposite way than us. There are two big inclines on this trail (and a third climbing back up to the parking lot) and I definitely recommend being in good shape. The trail as is on this map is closer to a little under seven miles, so just be prepared for it being longer than it says. Also, dogs are allowed on leash on the trails. It was a great hike that is a good workout and full of jaw dropping scenery.

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Margo K.
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This trail earns its name...one of those uphills that makes you wonder when and why you decided you 'enjoy' hiking. But then you get to the top and are rewarded with mind-blowing views, and you remember why you put yourself through that steep climb! Go early and bring more water than you think you'll need. There isn't much shade on this trail. After Summit Trail, I hiked awhile onto the Grey Butte Connector trail, then took Summit back to the River Trail to finish.

Kelly Clay
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Wonderful trail showcasing views of mountain ranges, rock formations, river, and rock climbers.

Misha Stroyev
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Crazy views!! Watched a fantastic sunset yesterday

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Lauren Featherstun
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Great trail that shows all the features the park has to offer (rock structures, river, mountains, etc). Beware this trail is a lot longer than the description says (my GPS said 7.0 miles) and it’s very hot in the summer so bring lots of water

Tasneem B
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We did this hike with the steep uphill zig zag part first and it was intense. Direct sun the entire time. Bring water, sunblock, and shoes with good traction. The better view of monkey face was from the gentle sloping sections on the other side. Once near ground level again, Crooked river is often accessible to let your dog cool off. Very busy with hikers, runners, climbers, and bicyclists.

Sarah Colby
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Not to hard with beautiful views! If you do this in winter I Really suggest micro spikes or poles! Can get icy and slippery

Peter K.
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The trail is open again as of yesterday: https://smithrock.com/news-all/smith-rock-state-park-misery-ridge-trail-open-again

Mary Strock
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Misery ridge closed. Bummer. Open After July 4th. Still really nice stroll around the River trail. Would have tried going around backside but ended up hiking with 4 year old so took it easy.

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Shelby McGarry
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Beautiful area!! Was very crowed though. Wouldn’t recommend for horseback riding.

Kevin Stanley
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Yes closed:(

Fernando Mal
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Closed?

Anuja Balakrishnan
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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!!!

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

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

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

Larissa Root
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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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Mark Ashley
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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.

Benjamin Hirth
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Mary Shubin
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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.

Desiree Vieira
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HikingFeeRocky

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!

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