Construction at Smith Rock State Park could create closures.

Posted by Mike Volk on 10/06/14

Portions of Smith Rock State Park will be undergoing a couple long awaited improvement projects during October and November. Construction will occur Monday-Friday 7 AM to 5 PM daily and it is possible the construction may affect your visit.

PROJECTS

CANYON ACCESS TRAIL/ROAD REPAIRS: There will be limited closures for about 3 weeks over a 6 week period due to heavy equipment working on the trail/road. The project will improve drainage, safety, and ease of access to the canyon.

Access to the canyon during construction will be via:
A Temporary Trail - a steep, rough trail that begins at the picnic shelter.
The Rope-De-Dope Trail - a gradual trail that starts at the campground/bivy.
The Homestead Trail - a rocky trail that heads out from the northern parking lot.

BIVOUAC AREA PATHWAYS: Limited closures of sections of the bivy for a total of 2 weeks over a 4 week period. Heavy equipment will be working on the pathways. The project will establish designated pathways and over time will rehabilitate the tent area.

Boulder Trundled to Clear Misery Ridge Trail

Posted by Mike Volk on 02/21/14

An 11'x11'x7' boulder that slid onto the Misery Ridge trail on Sunday, February 17th was trundled this morning to clear the popular trail. A local contractor used pneumatic jacks to tip the boulder past vertical and send it crashing into the Crooked River. As the boulder tumbled down the hillside, parts of three switchback's were wiped out. Repair work on the trail by park personnel and volunteers began within minutes of the boulder being dislodged and by early evening Misery Ridge had been reopened.


Special thanks to John Rich for operating the video camera at the overlook.

Severe freeze/thaw cycles during the winter caused this boulder to slide onto the Misery Ridge trail below Bill's Flake. The red box outlines the gap created when the large block came to rest on the trail.

The boulder partially blocking the trail the day before it was trundled (above) and a close-up view of the debris pile on the trail supporting the boulder (below).

First Downhill Ski Tracks at Smith?

Posted by Mike Volk on 02/11/14

New Smith Rock State Park Policy Regarding Slack Lines

Posted by Mike Volk on 09/09/13

The new park policy regarding slack lines, zip lines and rope swings is outlined in the Srmu Slak Line Policy PDF.

380' Smith Rock Highline

Posted by Mike Volk on 09/01/12

Jerry Misvewski traversed the longest highline at Smith Rock on August 31st. The The Aggro Gully to Cocaine Gully line spans a distance of 380 feet. Jerry set the world record in California a few weeks ago at 390 feet.

See Smith Rock Highline Festival 2012 for the complete story.

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