Coming up on Ground Hog Day at Smith Rock

While the usual January warm-up time is here, Smith Rock still has evidence of the huge snow dump from December and early January.

wintertime at Smith Rock
Snow-capped Gray Butte in the distance from the Canyon Trail

 

Misery Ridge Trail descent off the back side of Monkey Face in wintertime at Smith Rock
Misery Ridge Trail descent off the back side of Monkey Face

Trails are a combination of slush, mud, snow, and ice.

While the amount of snow looks tame enough, 3 inches of ice is lurking below, so any downgrade not melted out is very treacherous.

traction treads for boots
traction treads for hiking boots

Bring your traction devices for your shoes and hiking poles for stability, especially on Misery Ridge’s shady parts. 

The Smith Rock Master Plan Gets Local Input

January 28, 2017 Update:
The slideshow from the first meeting is now available for download.  Additionally, an interactive map for the public to create virtual “post-its” is available on the survey page. Remember to take the survey below the map if you haven’t done so yet by February 24, 2017!

Yesterday locals gathered in two lively sessions at the Expo Center in Redmond to give Smith Rock Master Plan input to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 

Weigh In On the Smith Rock State Park Master Plan

January marks the kick-off for Smith Rock State Park Master Plan Public Comment period. It’s been a long time–1991 was the last year you had a chance for input, and a lot has changed since then.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has 2 dates and 2 locations for Meeting 1 of the first round of public meetings to determine the future of the park.

Meeting 1 will go into detail on how the planning process will guide the vision and management of the park. It’s also a listening session for OPRD to hear what local residents and park stakeholders value.