For the love of Smith

April 8, 2016

You may have noticed that Smith Rock State Park is well-loved these days. In the past five years, day use visitation increased from 450,000 to about 700,000. While spring and fall have always been favorite times for climbers, summer has typically been high season.

overflow cars to park at Smith Rock State Park
overflow cars to park at Smith Rock State Park

These days expect the parking lots to fill up quickly on all weekends and vacation days. Some are parking and then hiking TO the park for up to 2 miles.

Park manager Scott Brown has been on a media blitz lately to spread the word to spread the love.

In other words, come during the week when it's less challenging to park. Or maybe later in the day when others clear out.

And then when you get here, explore the many trails the park has to offer in addition to Misery Ridge.

Even when the parking lot is full you can have incredible vistas all to yourself. Just take a hike.

Ponderosa on the Wolf Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park
Ponderosa on the Wolf Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park
Hiking up Misery-Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park
Hiking up Misery-Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park