For the love of Smith
April 8, 2016
You may have noticed that Smith Rock State Park is well-loved these days. In the past five years, day use visitation increased from 450,000 to about 700,000. While spring and fall have always been favorite times for climbers, summer has typically been high season.
These days expect the parking lots to fill up quickly on all weekends and vacation days. Some are parking and then hiking TO the park for up to 2 miles.
Park manager Scott Brown has been on a media blitz lately to spread the word to spread the love.
In other words, come during the week when it's less challenging to park. Or maybe later in the day when others clear out.
Even when the parking lot is full you can have incredible vistas all to yourself. Just take a hike.