Between the snow melt and the steady April showers, the Crooked River is high and spilling over its banks at Smith Rock State Park. To put it in perspective, last year when portions of the River Trail were under water, the flow rate for the river was 1160 CFS. When signs went up a couple of days ago, it was 1820 CFS, and today it’s at 1920 for below the Prineville Reservoir.
When chefs Jamie Bouchard and Evan Schwender followed the siren song of Smith Rock to come climb and explore 3 years ago from Rhode Island, little did they know what future mark they would make on the area. The food scene of the area to be more exact.
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.
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.
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.