New Trail Monitors Help Tell the Traffic Story

Smith Rock park staff installing trail monitors

Smith Rock park staff installing trail monitors

September 23, 2016

The new trail monitors are pretty discreet at Smith Rock. Even knowing the general location of one of them still had us asking one of the rangers where it was.

That's the plan. Don't interfere with the visitors. Just record their comings and goings to help guide future resource management at the park.

Installed in various high traffic areas, Smith Rock State park staff hopes to learn what type of user and how many of each are using the trails.

Smith Rock State Park trail monitors app

Smith Rock State Park trail monitors app

Capable of measuring bike, horse, and human traffic, the data gets transmitted via sensors back to a website for analysis.

Here park ranger Josie Barnum explains how the system works.

 
 

The initial four trail monitors will stay for another year, and then two of them will travel to other parks. The remaining two will be left at Smith Rock and moved around the park as needed.