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.
It's become a right-of-passage at Smith Rock State Park. Head across the bridge and straight up the "mountain" to the top of Misery Ridge. At times it looks like a giant conga line as hikers of all ages and fitness levels look for the quickest way up to the great views below, often unprepared.
Thanks everyone for keeping the noise level down on the Canyon Trail and Bivy Rim and for staying off routes in the Monument Area. And while we'll miss watching all the nest action, Solo the park's Bald eaglet and the two Golden eaglets have successfully fledged.