Ascent of Misery Ridge Summit on 2011-06-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:solo
Date:Thursday, June 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Misery Ridge Summit
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just came back from climbing Mount Hood with the Timberline Guides that day. Woke up at 11:30 pm got dressed and drove up to meet the guides and summitted before sunrise. The climb was not as hard as i thought it was and our next day was to have rock climbing lessons at Smith Rock State Park so David and I drove straight from Mount Hood to the state park and set up a new camp site.

The conditions were so different than our hiking early in the week in the Columbia River Gorge and then Mount Hood that I was excited to go out and climb another quick mountain in the park. Although the park is world known desination for rock climbers (especially sport climbers) it has plenty of wonderful hiking and scrambling opportuntiies too.

I parked at the day use parking and descended down to the river, crossed the bridge and took the Misery Ridge trail to the top of the formation. The views are spectacular of the Crooked River and you get to watch folks rock climbing everywhere like ants!

The trail is in excellent condition and many switchbacks but does not take you to the actual highpoint of the state park. You have to follow the many unmaintained bouldering and day use paths to the rocks where you scramble the rest of the way.

There are many routes to the top from simple class 3 to class 4 and above. I chose a typical class 3 topping out with some exposure that you could safely get around and found an easier class 3 way down. Total gain for the day including Mount Hood was around 4000 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:930 ft / 283 m
    Total Elevation Loss:740 ft / 225 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
sunny 65F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:720 ft / 219 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 700 ft / 214 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Misery Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:bridge  2660 ft / 810 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:720 ft / 219 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 510 ft / 156 m; Extra: 210 ft / 64m
    Gain on way out:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    End Trailhead:parking lot  2850 ft / 868 m

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