Yesterday the Mazama Ranch Foundation finished up their rebuttal to the appeal hearing mid-December on their proposed B&B and Campground directly across from Smith Rock State Park.What happened and what's next?
Alan Watts and Mike Volk didn't believe that having fun climbing at Smith Rock every day in the '80s would lead to the creation of an internationally famous rock climbing destination, but the secret of this special place got out.
While those for and against the proposed Mazama Ranch Development concentrate on whether or not this single project's approval should be turned down in appeal, there are some other voices focused on the bigger picture.
Looks like you'll have to go the longer, but easier way down the Canyon Trail into Smith Rock State Park from the Overlook just past the Welcome Center. The Chute Trail is closed for repair work for the next few days. You may just decide to stay on this side of the river and explore the Canyon Trail "woodsy" side of the park.
Seeing those holiday calories already pile on and want a little motivation to deal with it later in a group setting? Or maybe the anticipated snowy conditions have you a bit skittish if you're new to the park? Take the freeSmith Rock First Day Hike with a ranger on January 1, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. But hurry and sign up. It's limited to the first 35 who do so. By signing up you'll be notified if conditions are too severe and the hike gets canceled.