I recently drove to a pet blogger conference in Las Vegas with Chester and Gretel. To make driving more pleasant for all of us, we played the 100 mile road trip game. One of our stops along the way was the dog friendly Smith Rock State Park in Oregon where we hiked the Misery Ridge trail.
We arrived at Smith Rock the first night of our road trip adventure and stayed at the same camp spot that allows you to sleep in your vehicle that we did last time. Coincidentally, a big group of people from the outdoor company I used to work for were camping there too. I stopped by and had a niche chat with some familiar folks.
In the morning, we got up early and headed over to the park. I had my eye on a particular trail that S and I had seen last time we were there but didn’t have time to hike.
The map we had was just a schematic map so it showed the trail route but didn’t give any distance or elevation. I thought we would just take a quick jaunt up and over the center of the sharply-protruding Smith Rocks and hit the road but the hike was longer than I thought.
We took a break at the top to soak in the view and have some breakfast.
We headed down the back side of the rock formation and saw some rock climbers on a pinnacle called Monkey Face, a marmot, and said a few more “wows” as we winded our way back to the parking lot.
The hike, including a breakfast and photo breaks, took us around 2.5 hours. I did some research when we got back and it looks like we hiked around 4 miles.
I love Smith Rock. The area around the pinnacles is limited (and super crowded on a summer weekend) but there are some much longer trails in the park that are popular with horseback riders and mountain bikers. S and I plan to go back with our bikes sometime.
We would go back to bike when the weather is warm so we couldn’t leave Chester and Gretel in the car. Smith Rock State Park is close to the town of Bend, Oregon though and I think I found a doggy daycare that will take traveling pups.
Trail Name: Misery Ridge Loop (Smith Rock State Park)
Distance: approximately 4 miles RT
Elevation Gain: aapproximately 1,000 feet
Highest Point: not found
Permits and Passes: Oregon State Park pass ($5 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $30)