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.)
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.