Smith Rock Makes An Impression, Actually 1300 of Them

Artist and rock climber Meg Kahnle has a dream of making a difference in the world, starting with Smith Rock State Park in Oregon.

Meg sought to create a community-based piece to auction online and then donate the funds from the sale toward maintenance of the park she so dearly loves. interviewed her on the day she revealed her massive 4ft by 8ft triptych painting to an eager audience @Patagonia Bend.

120+ people submitted images through social media using the hashtag #ConnectWithSmithRock that formed a collage of 1300+ images ranging from the 1970’s to 2015.  These images then served as the base-layer of the painting.

The Eagle Has Landed

That would be the bald eagle spotted in its nest in the giant ponderosa across from the rim at The Bivy campground.

For the past few years, Smith Rock State Park has been the home of a pair of balds that share the park with golden eagles–not a usual event.

Watch the video of the eagle and marmot chatting, or at least we cut it that way. At the end, we pull back from the eagle to give you context of where the nest is located.

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Storms Bring Flooding to Smith Rock

Heavy downpours with flooding have been the norm at the park for the past few days, coming all at once in buckets with lots of wind.

puddles on the River Trail Smith Rock State ParkWhile most of the trails dried out in-between storms from their sandy composition, in several sections high water took out the River Trail on the west side completely.

The so-called “beach” around the Southern Tip was flooded over the weekend for a 6-foot section and also before the trail splits to go up to the Mesa Verde Trail on the right.

Peregrine Falcons Are Back

And with that announcement comes the joint announcement of nesting area closures in the Picnic Lunch Wall and First Kiss areas that are in effect until June 30, 2016.

Smith Rock State Park is very lucky to have these birds choose the park as their safe breeding turf. It’s rare that they travel away from wetlands, so be sure to bring your binoculars.

While this DOES NOT affect hiking trails, it does close down a few routes for climbers.

Picnic Lunch Wall routes above 100 feet and some in the First Kiss area are detailed in these links.