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Beautiful views with a solid climb part way through.


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7.9

Miles

12.8

KM

90%

Singletrack

3,576' 1,090 m

High

2,630' 802 m

Low

1,314' 400 m

Up

1,313' 400 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly While the full loop may be too much for kids, the sections by the river are approachable and have beautiful views.

Requires day use fee or Oregon State Parks parking permit.

Overview

This loop features stunning views of Smith Rock, the Cascade Mountains, and rolling green pastures and forest in between. Take it slow as you'll be sharing the trail with a lot of hikers and climbers.

Description

Park at Smith Rock State Park along NE Crooked River Dr. There is a parking fee of about $5. The trail starts as a fire road on Canyon Trail that descends steeply into the valley. Take it slow as the small gravel on hardpack is slippery. Stay to the right and cross the river on the Canyon Trail Bridge Connector.

Clockwise is the preferred way to do this loop so that you can descend a steep and rocky section of singletrack at the end that would probably be unrideable uphill. After the bridge, go left and follow the River Trail clockwise around Smith Rock. Stay left at the two trail junctions for the Mesa Verde Trail as it is off limits for bikes. At the second junction, the River Trail ends, and you'll continue on the Summit Trail.

The Summit Trail starts about halfway through the loop and begins a solid climb to a ridge. The grade is generally reasonable, and you'll negotiate some tight but doable switchbacks. Part way up, there's a Viewpoint Spur trail to the right, which climbs steeply to a nice vantage point. At the top, you'll intersect the Burma Road Trail, an old road that is now a multi-use trail. Stay right to continue the loop. Left goes out to the Gray Butte Loop.

Head down the Burma Road Trail and watch your speed, as it is loose and rocky in places and there are a lot of hikers around. Descend around a right-hand switchback, then at the left-hand switchback take the Burma Road Trail singletrack to the right for a more interesting descent (or one can continue down the old road for an easy way back). This singletrack section is pretty steep and technical and has a lot of uphill hiker traffic, so use caution.

At the bottom, continue onto the Wolf Tree Trail, which meanders gently along the river. Turn left at the bridge to complete the loop and grind up the short but steep hill to the car.

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Shared By:

Joel Wilson

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 15 votes

#1796

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  4.1 from 15 votes
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Photos

Rock reflections on the river trail.
Aug 27, 2017 near Terrebonne, OR
Looking up the amazing rock formations
Aug 27, 2017 near Terrebonne, OR
View of Smith Rock State Park from the trail.
Jul 9, 2017 near Terrebonne, OR
Intersection with River Trail.
Jul 19, 2017 near Terrebonne, OR
End of River Trail, start of Summit Trail, or take Mesa Verde Trail.
Jul 19, 2017 near Terrebonne, OR

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May 1, 2022
Ryan L
Oct 16, 2021
Wesley Clarillos
Sunrise ride 633mi
Apr 28, 2021
LucaTheGenius
1h 30m
Mar 25, 2021
Mark McClure
Great ride through iconic climbing spot. I rode it clockwise, but wish I had gone counter-clockwise. IMO it would be worth bypassing the Wolf shorto — 1h 20m
Jan 30, 2021
Jason Santos
West side River Trail has some melting out snow, and muddy sections. Summit Trail switchbacks still snow packed but melting out. Burma Road clear.
Nov 1, 2019
Lori Wilson
Jun 9, 2019
dave Hause
Jun 8, 2019
ShaLayne Elizabeth
7.9mi
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