Summit Trail Loop Run

most difficult iconSummit Trail Loop Run:  7.3 miles from the Welcome Center
Steep short scree descent into the park to easy flat trail with some steep upward pushes, exposed drop-offs and steep scree road descent to steep scree trail, then flat again until last grunt up out of the park.

By far one of the nicest additions to the trail system in the past few years to the park is the Summit Trail.

Making the loop run gives you a chance to see much of the park’s terrain, from the river banks to the ridges. The trail takes you to the back side of the park to views not seen by many who visit.

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Summit Trail Loop Run Elevation Graph for Smith Rock State Park
Summit Trail Loop Run Elevation Graph

Take the Chute Trail miles into the park from the Overlook just past the Welcome Center as it starts past the paved section and continues toward the bridge. After crossing the bridge, go left and stay on the River Trail to connect to the Summit Trail.

Summit Trail at Smith Rock State Park Viewpoint SignageStay on the trail as it winds through private property then gains in elevation about 160 feet to a great viewpoint just off the main trail.

Check out the Monument Area to the left, the park’s icon, Monkey Face to the right, and the rim of Misery Ridge and the rest of the park and river all in front of you.

Summit Trail at Smith Rock State Park series of switchbacksContinue up a series of steep switchbacks, topping out at the 3500′ summit junction where you start your descent down the steep irrigation access road that begins the Burma Road Trail.

The condition of the road varies, from scree to good size chunks of loose rock kicked up by state vehicles and horses.

Follow the road dropping down 500 feet of elevation until you connect to the  scree trail that descends sharply until it joins the flat Wolf Tree Trail back to the bridge and then back up the Chute Trail to the Overlook and back to the Welcome Center.

Not done yet? Add one of these on to check out more of the scenery:
Homestead Trail Run Extension 
Rim Rock Trail Run Extension
Gray Butte, Cole and Warner Loops


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