Summit Loop MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE:  7.7 miles round trip from the Welcome Center

We can't say enough good things about the relatively new Summit Trail. Biking the loop gives you a chance to cover the park, from the river banks to the ridges. The trail takes you to the back side of the park to views and sparsely traveled terrain.

Intermediate single track with some steep upward pushes, exposed drop-offs and steep double-track road descent to steep single track, then flat until last push up out of the park.

Take the Canyon Trail into the park from the Overlook just past the Welcome Center as it starts past the paved section and hangs a sharp right toward the bridge.

After crossing the bridge, go left on the River Trail to connect to the Summit Trail. Stay on the trail as it winds through private property then gains in elevation about 160 feet to a great viewpoint (.06 miles off the main trail).

The Monument Area will be 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 switchbacks

Summit Trail at Smith Rock State Park series of switchbacks

Continue up a series of steep switchbacks, topping out at the 3500' summit junction.

This is where you start your descent down the steep double-track irrigation service 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 single track scree that descends sharply until it joins the flat Wolf Tree Trail back to the bridge and then back up the Canyon Trail to the Overlook and back to the Welcome Center. 

Summit Loop Mountain Bike Elevation Graph at Smith Rock State Park- click to enlarge

Not done yet after 7.7 miles? Add one of these two options to your summit loop bike ride to check out more territory.

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