Making Plans to Watch the County Fireworks from Misery Ridge? Not a good idea.
July 3, 2018
Each year the conga line marches up the Misery Ridge Trail to get in position for the fireworks off in the distance at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Not this year. Not unless you want a ticket.
From Smith Rock State Park management:
Visitors will not be permitted to use the day use areas of the park after dusk this 4th of July. Specifically: In past years some visitors have hiked to the top of Misery ridge to watch the fireworks – this will no longer be allowed.
As many of you know park staff has been making a concerted effort to curb the use of the park after hours, citing public safety and resource protection concerns and this closure is just a continuation of the same effort. Park rangers will be on patrol to help ensure compliance.
Yeah, we get it. It's a pretty cool spot to perch for the view without dealing with the mass of humanity at the Fairgrounds, but in recent years that mass of humanity has begun to converge instead here at Smith Rock. And with consequences.
What goes up, must come down, and in the dark that often spells trouble for the average visitor, with headlight or not, as the crowd attempts its reverse conga line on the steep scree lined path. Stay safe, be respectful of the dusk closure, and have a Happy Fourth of July.