Guest blogger Sarah Wolfe didn't learn to climb as a teenager, not even in her 20s. No, this passionate climber and organizer of the upcoming Smith Rock Craggin' Classic got hooked in her mid-30s when it clicked with her core values.
SmithRock.com has been waiting for the dust to settle on the previous months of neighborhood sessions on the proposed Mazama Ranch development across the street from the park to see the final plan. It just got unveiled for public consumption.
Testimony from the public can still be submitted, but only until August 29, 2017.
While we may be mere visitors to Smith Rock State Park, wildlife rules. That includes rattlesnakes. Park management was alerted to a pair of nesting rattlers up from the river bank and below the left side of the bridge as you cross over to the River and Wolf Tree Tree Trails.
In case you've just landed on Earth and wonder what all the fuss is about, yes—Smith Rock State Park is in the Path of Totality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Estimates range for total time the sun is blocked out by the moon from 1 minute and 23 seconds to 1 minute and 30 seconds.
You might want to rethink that. While the park has been pretty loose on the day use rules in the past, those days are over. Even if you're camping in the Bivy. After dusk use of any day use area or facility at Smith Rock is a no-no. If your car is in the lot expect a ticket ($110) in the mail.
The last of the raptor closures, this time for both Prairie and Peregrine falcons, has been lifted as of July 15, 2017 at Smith Rock State Park. Yes, climbers—First Kiss is back open, along with all routes above 100 feet in the Smith Rock Group area.