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Friday the 13th Brings Good Luck to First Kiss Climbers

Friday the 13th Brings Good Luck to First Kiss Climbers

SmithRock.com is happy to report for all you anxious climbers that the First Kiss climbing area is open again as of tomorrow, Friday, July 13. As far as park management knows, the chicks fledged successfully, bringing all climbing closures to an end for the season

As 100° Weather Hits Smith Rock This Week, Take This Hydration Quiz

As 100° Weather Hits Smith Rock This Week, Take This Hydration Quiz

We see it EVERY summer. Scores of hikers heading straight up Misery Ridge, in full sun, dressed in black, with one small water bottle for 2-3 people. The recipe for a Search and Rescue call. It doesn't need to be this way, but you can avoid becoming a statistic pretty easily. First, let's test your knowledge on hydration. (And don't worry, we made this quiz. No one gets your personal data from it.)

Most Smith Rock Raptor Closures Lifted

Most Smith Rock Raptor Closures Lifted

The park saw another successful breeding season for most of its raptor population. Fledging activity with the Bald and Golden Eagles this week prompted a lift of climbing restrictions in the Monument Area for the Goldens, as well as a lift of the trail restriction advisory on the Canyon Trail for the Balds as of today, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Catch Smith Rock State Park Naturalist David Vick One Last Time This Saturday

Catch Smith Rock State Park Naturalist David Vick One Last Time This Saturday

That's right. Interpretative Naturalist David Vick won't be around Smith Rock much longer doing the Geology and Raptor talks on weekends some of you may have enjoyed, sharing with visitors pieces of his vast personal databank of knowledge of plants, animals, and geology. His last "Raptor Rap," where you can see the park's bald eagles through a powerful spotting scope and learn about all of the other raptor species that call the park home is this Saturday, June 30, David's official retirement date.