Smith Rock—Proving Ground for Local Inventor's All-Terrain Wheelchair

Smith Rock—Proving Ground for Local Inventor's All-Terrain Wheelchair

Geoff Babb’s first ride in his wheelchair to the park back in 2006 was not pretty. He promptly did a face plant as the front wheels got stuck in a crack in the sidewalk. But while a near-fatal brain stem stroke left him with only limited use of one hand, he soon found his inflexible wheelchair to be the biggest obstacle to having fun in his beloved outdoors again. He set out to do something about it.

Smith Rock 2019 Raptor Nesting Site Closures Begin on February 8

Smith Rock 2019 Raptor Nesting Site Closures Begin on February 8

Golden and Bald eagles closures are in effect starting this Friday, February 8, 2019 to August 1, 2019. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags courting, and possibly mating, according to the rumor mill. Eagle nesting site closures for climbing routes and camping along the Bivy rim at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect at that time, with detailed route closures by area below. Falcon nesting closures are coming on February 15.

More Trail Work at Smith Rock, This Time the Homestead

More Trail Work at Smith Rock, This Time the Homestead

The same contractor team that rerouted parts of the Wolf Tree Trail to do the preliminary “rough in” prior to future retaining wall and tread work came back again to shore up parts of the Homestead Trail.

Checking the Wolf Tree Trail Changes at Smith Rock

Checking the Wolf Tree Trail Changes at Smith Rock

While the park experienced a huge windstorm last week, that’s not the reason for the trees you’ll find along parts of the old path of the Wolf Tree Trail. Contract work to reroute parts of the trail started in December, and the “rough in” as it is called should be done this week. Rock retaining walls and some tread work may occur this winter or as late as this fall.