Geoff Babb’s first ride in his wheelchair to the park back in 2006 was not pretty. He promptly did a face plant as the front wheels got stuck in a crack in the sidewalk. But while a near-fatal brain stem stroke left him with only limited use of one hand, he soon found his inflexible wheelchair to be the biggest obstacle to having fun in his beloved outdoors again. He set out to do something about it.
The same contractor team that rerouted parts of the Wolf Tree Trail to do the preliminary “rough in” prior to future retaining wall and tread work came back again to shore up parts of the Homestead Trail.
Sometimes it takes the present to bump into the past to provoke a discussion about the future. The recent visit of world renown Czech climber Adam Ondra to Smith Rock brought Alan Watts, pioneer of Smith Rock and well-known author of the guidebook series on the area together in this video.
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.
Bring your own water that is, unless you care to fill up at the Bivy Campground or Day Use restrooms. Drinking fountains in the park are turned off for the season, as they needed to be drained and then shut off to prevent pipes from breaking with evening temps dropping into the teens and 20s.