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.
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.)
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.
Each year the conga line marches up the Misery Ridge Trail to get in position for the fireworks off in the distance at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Not this year. Not unless you want a ticket.
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.