Misery Ridge Trail Loop Run: 3.7 Miles from the Welcome Center.
Down the steep scree Chute Trail, cross the bridge, left on the flat River Trail, up the steeper Mesa Verde Trail and down the steep scree Misery Ridge Trail back to the bridge.
Get the views from Misery Ridge, but run it in the reverse direction most people choose—going along the river, then up.
Doing the loop this way takes you past the main climbing area, then wanders around the Crooked River to provide you with a spectacular view of Monkey Face, the park’s icon.
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Once at the top of the ridge you are head level with Monkey Face, and it’s a breathtaking view of the river gorge and trail system below.
Follow it around and down the steep scree section, watching your balance and footing for the steep 900 feet descent back to the River Trail and the bridge out of the park.