Chute Trail Detour at Smith Rock
December 21, 2017
Looks like you'll have to go the longer, but easier way down the Canyon Trail into Smith Rock State Park from the Overlook just past the Welcome Center. The Chute Trail is closed for repair work for the next few days. You may just decide to stay on this side of the river and explore the Canyon Trail "woodsy" side of the park.
An alternate method if you miss the excitement scree under your foot, is to go down the newly repaired Homestead Trail off of the Northern Point. Drive past the Welcome Center and go all the way to the cul-de-sac "Turnaround Parking" area. About a 1/3 of the way down is a great bench to take in the views of the Monument Area and the Misery Ridge Trail hikers across the river. You might even see the Great Blue Heron that hangs out on the Crooked River below.
So while the park is off improving your next hike down the Chute, enjoy the detours.