Category Archives: Hiking

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.

Bring On the New Year–the Smith Rock First Day Hike

Ready to start walking off those holiday calories and want a little motivation from a group setting? Or maybe the snowy conditions have you a bit skittish if you’re new to the park?

Take the Smith Rock First Day Hike from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Meet at the Welcome Center yurt and take a moderate, 3-mile hike on the Wolf Tree Trail and see the golden eagle nests high in the cliffs. Wear layered warm clothing and hiking shoes.

The first ¼ mile and last ¼ mile are on a fairly steep gravel trail and the entire trail may be slippery if icy. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash.