Get the Dirt on Spring Trail Running at Smith Rock

Guest blogger Lucas Alberg literally wrote the book on trail running in Bend and Central Oregon. This is part one of a two-part series on trail running fun to be had at Smith Rock.

Springtime is the Right Time to Trail Run at Smith Rock

by Lucas Alberg

Smith Rock State Park is predominantly known for it’s climbing. Thousands of routes snake up and down the gorgeous red-hued volcanic tuff throughout the park. These

These iconic spires draw in climbers from all over the world throughout the year to challenge themselves on climbs of all levels.

Living History Presenters at Smith Rock Memorial Weekend

Why is there a Beaver on the Oregon State Flag? For that answer and more about the early days the Smith Rock area, come find out Memorial Weekend.

The event runs both Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  

living history presenter trapper Memorial Day Weekend Smith Rock State ParkLiving history presenters from the High Desert Museum and Ft. Vancouver will be set up near the Welcome Center.

They’ll have displays and discussions about the 1820-1830’s Fur Trade Era which brought Euro-Americans like Peter Ogden through Smith Rock.

The event is free, however, you will need to purchase a day use parking pass or display your annual.

At Just 16 This Smith Rock Climber is One to Watch

Drew Ruana is not one to brag about his accomplishments. Humbled by others, he barely acknowledges his recent feat of being the first to climb the hardest route at Smith Rock State Park, The Assassin.

Drew Ruana on Assassin link up at Smith Rock State Park
Drew Ruana on the Assassin link up at Smith Rock State Park, photo courtesy of Drew Ruana

Soft spoken and radiating his love for the sport that has captivated him for 13 of his 16 years, Drew is a breath of fresh air in this era of self-importance.

His mantra? “Don’t be afraid to go in for something that’s way over your head…it’ll come together eventually.”

Rate Your Smith Rock Park Experience in Live Survey

Help Smith Rock State Park determine its areas of most need in this live survey in the park conducted by volunteers through June 19, 2016.

We know there is no shortage of opinions out there. Here’s your collective chance to influence how funds will be allocated to best suit area visitors, both day use and overnight.

Park hosts will be stationed around the Rim Rock Trail behind the Welcome Center, before the bridge, and in the Bivy area with detailed questionnaires.

These are intended to measure your level of satisfaction with issues ranging from facilities, the environment, conditions of trails, dogs in the park, number of people, and of course, parking.