By Anna Ruder and Mike Volk
Terrebonne, OR- After 31 years of living on 10.09 acres directly across from the fee station at Smith Rock State Park, Mike Volk and Marcia Schoelen have decided to pursue a different lifestyle. While a bittersweet decision to give up 270 degree front row views of towering cliffs like the Smith Rock Group and Picnic Lunch Wall, with the South Sister, Black Butte and other peaks in the background, Mike and Marcia are offering up the treasured land they’ve called home for sale to the public.
History of the Property
An avid rock climber for 16 years prior to his move to Terrebonne, Mike Volk purchased 9988 NE Crooked River Drive in Terrebonne in 1983. He had been living in Jackson, WY for 7 years and was taking regular climbing trips to Smith Rock for many years before he decided to make Smith Rock his home. When he moved to Terrebonne, Mike founded Timberline Mountain Guides and Smith Rock Climbing School. During the late 80’s, many well-known climbers such as Ron Kauk, John Bachar, J.B Tribout, and Todd Skinner could be found spending their evenings camped on this conveniently located property with quick access to the park.
The webcam for SmithRock.com is installed on Mike’s office and provides SmithRock.com users with live updates of weather conditions at Smith Rock. With an average of 250,000 hits per month, Mike has built a substantial web presence with his informative site.
Location, location, location…
Could not be any better! Access to most of the crags at Smith Rock is by the footbridge that crosses the Crooked River which is less than a 7 minute hike from the property. The Smith Rock State Park Bivouac Area which is the only campground at the park is at least a 15 minute hike to the footbridge. See the Smith Rock State Park Walk-in Campground page for more information on the state park campground.
The Dry Side
In the rain shadow of the Oregon Cascades, Smith Rock receives less than 9 inches of precipitation a year. The best climbing conditions are during the spring and fall but cragging, hiking, mountain biking and trail running are year round activities in the park.
Not only is Smith Rock an international climbing destination but it is a haven to climbers from the soggy west side of the Cascades. Climbers from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C. flock to Smith Rock on a regular basis to escape the wet, gray, cold winter months of their locales.
Potential Development Property
Due to the amount of acreage and zoning of this property, a buyer could potentially develop this property a multitude of ways. Based on the current zoning of MUA-10 (multi-use agricultural), a conditional use permit would gain the buyer the ability to convert the mostly flat, buildable land into such uses as “campgrounds, destination resort, planned developments, cluster developments…bed and breakfast inn, recreational vehicle park…or guest lodge” (See Chapter 18.32 of Deschutes County MUA definitions for more details). Smith Rock State Park has seen a large increase in use by climbers and hikers this year adding greatly to the historical 500,000+ annual visitors.
Photos taken from the property.
Also see the Bend Bulletin article.
For more information or to take a tour of this spectacular property, please call Mike Volk, SmithRock.com, 541-516-0560 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.