Nice Day for Ride


January 22, 2016

While the East Coast gets unburied from the dumps of snow from Jonas, Smith Rock is going into Thawmageddon. With temps in the low 40s and headed for the mid-50s next week, even the horses are getting spring fever, at least temporarily. Kristen Grace on her Endurance Ride champion, SC Zephyr, hit the Canyon Trail today with her friends Ty and Bob close behind. Winding around the Crooked River, they had the trail almost to themselves for their horseback ride.

Everyone else was on the other side climbing the warm walls of the Dihedrals, or jogging and hiking along the River Trail.

 
horse tracks in mud and ice on Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park
horse tracks in mud and ice on Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park
Kristen Grace on SC Zephyr on a horseback ride on Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park
Kristen Grace on SC Zephyr on a horseback ride on Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park
horseback ride requires fording the Crooked River off the Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park
horseback ride requires fording the Crooked River off the Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park

They continued down the Canyon Trail, coming to the Horse Ford just before the Rope-de-Dope climbing area, where they waded in deep water and came out the other side on the River Trail. A good thing they think it's spring...brr!