SmithRock.com is happy to report for all you anxious climbers that the First Kiss climbing area is open again as of tomorrow, Friday, July 13. As far as park management knows, the chicks fledged successfully, bringing all climbing closures to an end for the season.
The park saw another successful breeding season for most of its raptor population. Fledging activity with the Bald and Golden Eagles this week prompted a lift of climbing restrictions in the Monument Area for the Goldens, as well as a lift of the trail restriction advisory on the Canyon Trail for the Balds as of today, Saturday, July 7, 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.
You might want to rethink that. While the park has been pretty loose on the day use rules in the past, those days are over. Even if you're camping in the Bivy. After dusk use of any day use area or facility at Smith Rock is a no-no. If your car is in the lot expect a ticket ($110) in the mail.
The last of the raptor closures, this time for both Prairie and Peregrine falcons, has been lifted as of July 15, 2017 at Smith Rock State Park. Yes, climbers—First Kiss is back open, along with all routes above 100 feet in the Smith Rock Group area.