Smith Rock State Park has stunning scenic views of deep river canyons. It’s a very popular destination for climbers.
The park is a fantastic year-round destination. However, the best seasons for hiking and climbing are spring and fall; while spring weather might be unpredictable sometimes. The most stable weather outside of high season is usually from mid-September until mid-November. If you’d like to avoid the crowds at all costs and still experience pleasant temperatures go in OCTOBER: The heavy crowds are gone and the weather is still nice: Average high 62°F (17°C).
Weather and Crowds
Smith Rock State Park benefits from minimal rainfall and mostly sunny weather throughout the year. It has its own microclimate: The highs average some degrees warmer than recorded at the closest weather station. Monthly weather: Scroll down to the chart
March - May (Spring): Usually pleasant temperatures for hiking and climbing, especially in May. However, spring weather is sometimes unpredictable. Particularly April can still be tricky, because of the snow and rain. Quote from a local: 'April and May here in Central Oregon is some of the strangest weather months.'
June - August (Summer): Extremely hot, especially in July/August! With temperatures that often crack 100 degrees in midsummer, you have to start your hike early and bring plenty of water. It’s also ridiculously busy. Particularly narrow tracks like Misery Ridge get very crowded, even more on weekends.
September - mid-November (Autumn): Stable weather, pleasant temperatures. Perfect months for hiking and climbing. It's still crazy busy in September.
December - February (Winter): If you don’t mind the cold (dropping below 32°F / 0°C) and want to experience pure nature without any crowds go in the winter. Hiking or even climbing is a great experience. An excellent winter report: Smith Rock State Park in Winter
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
Most of the time it’s heavily crowded from May until September. Even in April, the weekends are already jam-packed. Only in OCTOBER, the crowds start to dissipate. If you visit in late spring, summer or early fall: Avoid weekends at all costs. Instead go early and on a weekday. Otherwise, the park gets ridiculously busy. The parking lots fill up extremely quick, and trails are crowded as well. However, especially in spring and fall, you should be able to get away from the crowds after hiking a few miles.
Lundy is a place of outstanding natural beauty and a must when visiting Cornwall. It's an incredible getaway of it all.
The small Lundy Island - just 5 km / 3 miles long - is very popular for daytrippers during spring and summer. The island is famous for birding, especially the cute puffins. Find more details below. Regarding the weather May to September are the most pleasant months although rain, drizzle, and mist occur throughout the year. It's pretty often unpredictable with very challenging weather conditions. June is the peak for the flowering season. The ferry MS Oldenburg departs from Bideford and Ilfracombe depending on the tide times and takes less than two hours. It's the same for the return ferry trip. Occasionally you arrive at the other port, but a shuttle will bring you back to the car.
The season on the island starts end of March and ends end of October if travelling by ferry. The island is accessible by helicopter from November to April if you stay in one of the 23 cottages of Lundy. A small number of puffins can be seen in the breeding season. The best months to spot puffins are April to July/early August. However, sightings outside of this period are possible but rare.
The ferry ride takes less than 2 hours. This makes the island even more popular. People already queue an hour before departure to get a seat. However, you won't find massive crowds on Lundy Island. But still, it's advisable to book the ferry ticket in advance, especially during the weekend and summer holidays. Same for the 23 cottages and the campground. If possible come mid-week when visiting in July or August.
Ferry (MS Oldenburg) and Accommodations
- For 'ferry' booking, you can either give them a call or write them an email: Ferry Booking. Find the timetable here: Ferry Timetable (departing either from Bideford or Ilfracombe)
- For booking one of the 23 available cottages on the island: Cottage Booking (select 'Lundy' as the region)
- Whether you're staying for a day trip or longer on the island, it's a must to spend some time in either Bideford or Ilfracombe. Why? The ferry departs directly from both beautiful towns. Book your stay via booking.com as they offer the best rates and top-notch service: Bideford Hotels or Ilfracombe Hotels (Tip: Bookmark both links in case you're not booking right now. It will save you time and money)
Diving at Lundy
It's also a top diving destination in the UK; located in the Bristol Channel. The sea around Lundy is the first Marine Nature Reserve in England. Best time for diving and snorkeling during summer due to warmer sea temps. The diving season starts end of April and lasts until the end of September with good visibility. There are more than hundred shipwrecks around Lundy which makes it even more exciting. Due to strong tidal currents, it’s only for experienced divers recommended. A bonus curious grey seals may follow you. Dive Sites
Lundy is one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in South West England.
- Usually, puffins arrive between mid to end of March on Lundy Island for breeding. Puffins are leaving the island in August at the latest. As Lundy Island is rat free now (2019), you can expect a higher number of these gorgeous birds. There is a colony at Jenny's Cove, and even during rat eradication, the pufflings and all other chicks were save there. However, usually you can obserbe them in distance only. Bring a binocular and/or a zoom camera.
- Seabird breeding colony (guillemot, razorbill, max shearwater, shag, and different gulls) can be spotted from the end of March until September.
- Migratory birds make a stop on the island from March to June and August to November.
Lundy Island Puffin Calendar
Waterfall climbing, swimming into gorges, hiking to waterfalls. Cilaos has really a lot to offer.
July to September are the best month ("Dry Season") - Best early in the morning
The most beautiful area in the Velebit mountain area is definitely the Paklenica national park.
The Paklenica National park offers you access to nature and adventure year around. Best months for hiking with bearable temperature are April, May, and September, October, although rain can occur. It becomes crowded in the summer months, especially at the climbing spots. Most of the climbing walls are located towards east or west which gives you the opportunity to either climb in the sun or shadow depending on the starting time. Choosing the right time is essential during the hot summer month.
Access to the Manita Peć cave is closed from November until April. Opening hours and days:
April – Saturdays from 10 - 14
May, June, and October – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10 - 14
July, August, and September – every day from 10 – 14
Andringitra National Park has been called the Yosemite of Madagascar due to the magnificent massifs that erupt right out of the ground.
The dry season especially July and August are the best time for hiking in Andingitra. However, rain can always occur in the eastern part of Madagascar. September and October are also dry but it gets hot at daytime. Although the area around Andringita is a developed tourist region it gets seldom crowded in the National Park. During longer hikes you have this beautiful area just to yourselves.
Due to its different zones from humid tropical areas to high elevations (Pic Boby is 2658m/8720 feet high), you can expect temperatures ranging from 25°C/77°F down to -8°C/17°F with an average of around 21°C/70°F. The weather in the higher elevations can change quickly; be prepared for precipitation. January/February are the wettest months with a precipitation on the east part of around 4000mm/year. July and August are relatively mild and dry. During the dry season is the chinook wind common for the area around Adringita. Although the daytime temps around the camp at Peak Boby could be pleasant 20°C/68°F in the sun you need to be prepared for freezing cold temps (-12°C/10°F) during the night due to the high elevation.
Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for MDG at location (-22.17,46.88) from 1991-2015