We chose the Misery Ridge Loop Trail, opting to begin along the banks of Crooked River.
We packed our lunch with us, which turned out to be a good decision. Lots of water is also a must when temperatures soar.
Bursting from the high desert floor, Smith Rock State Park offers outdoor enthusiasts 650 acres of breathtaking recreational opportunities.
With its towering rock formations, Smith Rock, 25 miles north of Bend, Oregon, has become a popular destination for rock climbers of all abilities, attracting enthusiasts from around the world.
For those of you who, like us, prefer to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, there are miles of hiking trails around and through the park.
Smith Rock State Park is another example of how volcanic activity shaped the Oregon landscape.
As we approached Monkey Face, our trail took a steep turn uphill...and the misery began.
Climbers are dwarfed as they climb towards the top of Monkey Face.
At an elevation of 3289 feet, we found a shady lunch spot at the summit of Misery Ridge Loop Trail.