Fall Looked a Lot Like Summer at Smith Rock This Week


October 20, 2018

While the rains are on the way starting next Tuesday afternoon, and temps back to the high 50s along with it, that was not the case this past week.

With sunny skies in the 70s, light winds and clear nights, climbers, highliners, runners, and hikers from around the world were enjoying the walls, trails, and river. Mountain bikers were in short supply, but evidence of early morning horseback riders could be found on the Canyon and Wolf Tree Trails. (Mountain bikers—this is an ideal time for you over the summer months with so much foot traffic, and much better than spring when trails are still thawing out and get damaged.)

  rock climber  basking in the early morning sun in  the Dihedrals  at Smith Rock State Park

rock climber basking in the early morning sun in the Dihedrals at Smith Rock State Park

  trail runner  on the  Burma Road  at Smith Rock State Park

trail runner on the Burma Road at Smith Rock State Park

 watching a  highliner  on the backside of  The Monument  off the  Summit Trail  at Smith Rock State Park

watching a highliner on the backside of The Monument off the Summit Trail at Smith Rock State Park

 mother and daughter enjoy shirtsleeve weather on the  River Trail  at Smith Rock State Park

mother and daughter enjoy shirtsleeve weather on the River Trail at Smith Rock State Park

  rock climbers  in the mouth of  Monkey Face  at Smith Rock State Park

rock climbers in the mouth of Monkey Face at Smith Rock State Park

 rock climbers in shorts and short sleeves exit Smith Rock State Park via the  Chute Trail

rock climbers in shorts and short sleeves exit Smith Rock State Park via the Chute Trail

Wildlife too enjoyed the sun-baked rocks and barely moved as hikers got on the river banks and paused on the bridge to shoot pictures of ducks, geese, heron, and otters playing in the sun. Eagles and other birds of prey can be heard and seen soaring overhead, riding the thermals.

While the peak of golden autumn colors are waning, some of the deeper red color along the river banks is in fall swing now. Get out now before the rain and wind takes them all away.

  great blue heron  drying off at Smith Rock State Park

great blue heron drying off at Smith Rock State Park

 fall color along the  River Trail  at Smith Rock State Park

fall color along the River Trail at Smith Rock State Park