While we anxiously awaited a parking solution to relieve the congestion of spring and early summer visitors, the recent completion of the overflow lot had little fanfare.
May and June left record numbers of Smith Rock visitors parking up to 2 miles outside of the park. Late July’s heat has reduced traffic immensely, so no need for the lot as of yet. For more background, here you go.
Since the 100 spot parking lot is open by discretion of park management, we may not see it actually in use until September, when visitation picks up again. Read more...(112 words, 1 image, estimated 27 secs reading time)
The last of the raptor closures, this time for peregrine falcons, has been lifted as of July 31, 2016 at Smith Rock State Park.
This translates to all of Picnic Lunch Wall climbing routes now open, even those above the first pitch.
Voyage of the Cow Dog is also open.
Golden and bald eagle closures were lifted earlier in the month, ending a hugely successful nesting season this year for the park. In total, 4 peregrine falcons, 2 bald eagles, and 2 golden eagles fledged this season. Read more...(142 words, 1 image, estimated 34 secs reading time)