Hike and Camp at Smith Rock

Bivouac Campsite Area - Search Nearby - Added by Jessica Dales

Accessible year round, hike, and camp without any technical skills. Pick a trail map up in the park or get one off the park's website. Duration: two-plus hours for the six-mile loop with stops to take in the sites.

Park your vehicle in the bivouac parking area and hike 200 yards west to the tent campsites. Set up your home away from home at one of the undesignated cliff side campsites overlooking the park.

Although it is famous for rock climbing, Smith Rock also boasts an extensive trail system. The best hike meanders along the Crooked River, then over the top of well-named Misery Ridge, and eventually loops around the entire park.

From the bivouac campsite area head down the 0.4 mile Rope-De-Dope Trail into the canyon until you reach the Canyon Trail. Head west along the Crooked River until you cross a footbridge that leads to a junction with a number of trail heads. From here you can choose your own adventure! But you should head straight up the steep 2/3 mile Misery Ridge Trail. Take a minute at the summit of Misery Ridge (elev. 3,360’) to enjoy the 360 degree views of the park and surrounding landscape. Continue along Misery Ridge until you see the Monkey Face rock formation, take your requisite photograph, and then head down Mesa Verde Trail until you hit the River Trail. The River Trail winds along Crooked River and around the southern tip of the park. Follow the River Trail back to the footbridge. You can end your loop here, and head back to Rope-De-Dope the way you came, or you can add about a mile onto the loop by continuing on the Wolf Tree Trail, crossing the Horse Ford, and heading back on the Homestead Trail.

Completing the loop may sound complicated with all the different little trail names, but circumnavigating the park is actually very intuitive once you start! Most of the time one trail simply transitions into another trail without the need to make any navigational decisions at all!

Tips:

  • Set up a cozy basecamp with killer views at the walk-in bivouac area campground
  • Explore and circumnavigate the 650-acre park on any number of interconnected trails throughout the park
  • The trail is rated difficult over the top of Misery Ridge, but easy along the river
Distance

6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

900 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
River
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

Redmond / Central Oregon KOA

2435 Southwest Jericho Lane

From $120/night

LOGE Bend

Bend, Oregon

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Wowza. Probably one of the best climbing setups I've seen. Awesome, cheap bivy area for climbers with great facilities. Sunsets here will blow your mind.

Misery Ridge is beautiful, but don't take your 60 year old uncle that only goes on flat walks...he will be mad at you for years to come! :)

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