The new trail monitors are pretty discreet at Smith Rock. Even knowing the general location of one of them still had us asking one of the rangers where it was.
That’s the plan. Don’t interfere with the visitors. Just record their comings and goings to help guide future resource management at the park.
Installed in various high traffic areas, Smith Rock State park staff hopes to learn what type of user and how many of each are using the trails.
Capable of measuring bike, horse, and human traffic, the data gets transmitted via sensors back to a website for analysis. Read more... (147 words, 7 images, estimated 35 secs reading time)
If you were at the park this past weekend you may have witnessed the unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival.
While still in its formative years, the festival started off in 2012, organized by Brian Mosbaugh.
A climber and slackliner, Brian set his sights on combining his love for heights and the rock spires to stringing highlines across the chasms below.
He and a small group of friends then wanted to share the Smith experience in a collective gathering of like-minded highliners.
The unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival was born. Highlight videos and more of the original festival can be found here. Read more... (245 words, 8 images, estimated 59 secs reading time)
The Smith Rock bridge sees a LOT of traffic, not just in the summer high season, but all year-round. The park staff diligently monitors the bridge health for this reason.
A routine inspection revealed the start of some cracking on one of the sections.
While not a danger to park visitors, they chose to replace 3 sections of guard rail on the right section as you cross the river from the base of the picnic table area.
Park Ranger Josie Barnum coordinated the team, assuring that the team and visitors alike were safe during the replacement process. Read more... (137 words, 8 images, estimated 33 secs reading time)
The Smith Rock State Park patch is one of the first batch of 53 patches and stickers inspired by the Oregon state parks.
A nod to the national parks patches, the designs are indeed collectible.
What started as a Kickstarter project by Portland designers Woody Adams and Kevin Fitzgerald just a couple months ago is already a reality.
Raising three times the initial funding goal thanks to a massive show of support, they partnered with the Oregon State Parks Foundation to be able to offer the patches to the public and help fund our state parks. Read more... (175 words, 6 images, estimated 42 secs reading time)