Checking out the Wolf Tree Trail Changes at Smith Rock


January 3, 2019

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.

As you head out from the bridge and round the corner following the Crooked River, you’ll notice the trail has been rerouted from the river to help protect the low areas from erosion. When the river is high and we have flooding occur during a steady downpour, the trail gets flooded, causing rogue trails to emerge alongside the official one as people and bikes bypass the flood zones.

Contractors were called in to reroute the Wolf Tree Trail. SmithRock.com asked them to explain the section along the Crooked River.
The Wolf Tree Trail as you round the curve along the river towards the Monument Area.

The Wolf Tree Trail as you round the curve along the river towards the Monument Area.

Nothing has been done to the sections of the trail up through the Monument Area. It’s only beyond the scree slope that you begin to see the new cutoff and then switchbacks that take the angle off of the previous path up to the Student Wall climbing area and Burma Road. It makes a sweet ride for mountain bikers, somewhat resembling the back side of the Summit Trail.

The Wolf Tree Trail scree slope section.

The Wolf Tree Trail scree slope section.

New fork to join Burma Road or go to the Student Wall on the Wolf Tree Trail.

New fork to join Burma Road or go to the Student Wall on the Wolf Tree Trail.

Headed up the Wolf Tree fork to the Burma Road.

Headed up the Wolf Tree fork to the Burma Road.

Following the switchbacks up to Burma Road on the Wolf Tree Trail.

Following the switchbacks up to Burma Road on the Wolf Tree Trail.

Continuing up the switchbacks to Burma Road off the Wolf Tree Trail.

Continuing up the switchbacks to Burma Road off the Wolf Tree Trail.

Final stretch of the Wolf Tree Trail with Burma Road cited.

Final stretch of the Wolf Tree Trail with Burma Road cited.

Topping out at Burma Road from the Wolf Tree Trail.

Topping out at Burma Road from the Wolf Tree Trail.

Remember that this is a work in progress, so watch for the contractor’s equipment and follow our Facebook page for updates.