Between the snow melt and the steady April showers, the Crooked River is high and spilling over its banks at Smith Rock State Park. To put it in perspective, last year when portions of the River Trail were under water, the flow rate for the river was 1160 CFS. When signs went up a couple of days ago, it was 1820 CFS, and today it’s at 1920 for below the Prineville Reservoir.
Wolf Tree Trail improvement work begins on Monday December 17th, with trail closures and detours that may be needed for a limited duration. The trail contractor will be using trail building machinery, and the work is expected to be completed by mid January, weather permitting.
Looks like you'll have to go the longer, but easier way down the Canyon Trail into Smith Rock State Park from the Overlook just past the Welcome Center. The Chute Trail is closed for repair work for the next few days. You may just decide to stay on this side of the river and explore the Canyon Trail "woodsy" side of the park.
The upper section of the Homestead Trail is closed for renovation from April 24 to May 24, 2017. This is the section that enters and exits the park close to the Northern Point, a popular climbing area and great viewpoint of the Monument Area.