Monkey Face Loop via Misery Ridge Trail and River Trail

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4.7 mi
Distance
1 hrs 41 min
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747 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult loop trail to Monkey Face in Smith Rock State Park.

This trail goes by Fairy Tale Tower, Spiderman Buttress, Asterisk Pass, Smith Rock Group, Smith Rock, and Shiprock.



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    9 months ago
    The start of this hike is all up hill, lots of stairs and your thighs will feel it the next day. But it is worth it! Watch your step on the way down, don’t walk on the gravel or you will slip. The view is breathtaking the entire time.
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    Hiked the loop clockwise on a bluebird day. Saw several birds of prey and both a bald eagle and golden eagle nest. Accent is steep, but the switchbacks make it manageable. Once at the top, don’t stop at the bench. Keep going and have your snack on the rocks right next to Monkey Face. The descent is steeper with many human-made stairs. Beautiful hike with unbeatable views of the cascade range.
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    1 year, 9 months ago
    Beautiful views, and easy trail. Misery Ridge could be renamed Slight Discomfort Ridge, it wasn’t that bad. I would recommend that you MUST do this hike. As and Oregonian I feel that it was the best view of this area of the state that I’ve ever seen.
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    2 years, 8 months ago
    This was not such a difficult hike the third time around. So we did another loop a much longer one, which due to heat made it tough to go up the Burma trail so we took a lot of time to cool of on top sparse tree shade. We came down Summit to River trail to finish the big loop. We had a wonderful time watching the sunset from Rim Rock trail to finish the day.
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    3 years, 6 months ago
    Great day hike, kid friendly. Our 5 and 7 year old did fine and enjoyed it. Keep them on a short leash up top! Also, if you’re kids are into geocaching this is a fun spot for it.
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Sangye Ince-Johannsen 6 years, 9 months ago
Smith Rock Trail, Redmond, Oregon
This hike goes around Smith Rock, climbing a little bit and then going around the famous monkey face rock formation. It then becomes a pleasant walk next to the Crooked River. Very nice.
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Sangye Ince-Johannsen 8 years, 4 months ago
Smith Rock Trail, Redmond, Oregon
This hike goes around Smith Rock, climbing a little bit and then going around the famous monkey face rock formation. It then becomes a pleasant walk next to the Crooked River. Very nice.
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barryjahn 6 years, 3 months ago
Smith Rock State Park
Those are great photos, what an interesting formation.
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