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Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures

Pergrine Falcon

Peregrine falcons, an endangered species in New York State, nest on cliffs in the Adirondack Mountains. The population of peregrine falcons has steadily grown since the DEC undertook hacking programs in the Adirondacks in the late 1970s.

Cliffs with known peregrine falcon nesting sites are monitored annually throughout the Adirondacks. Rock climbing routes with active nest sites are temporarily closed to prevent any disturbances that might interfere with the successful raising of the young peregrine falcons.

The closure of climbing routes is based on a number of factors, primarily the route's proximity and visibility to a nesting site. Each situation is unique and a specific distance from the nest site can not be used to make a closure determination. DEC's priority is protecting an endangered species; however, attempts are made to maximize the opportunities for climbing at the same time.

At the beginning of the season DEC closes whole or large portions of cliffs where peregrine falcons have regularly nested. This allows them to choose a nesting site without any being troubled by climbing activity. They often choose a site quickly and begin nesting earlier, than when the cliff's were subject to climbing activities. Climbers benefit because an earlier nesting start results in an earlier fledging of the young and therefore the closed routes are re-opened sooner.

March 27, 2015

Beginning April 1 the following cliffs or sections of cliffs will be closed to climbers to allow peregrine falcons to establish nest sites. Once it has been determined if nesting activity is occurring and where nest sites are located DEC will reopen climbing routes that are not near the nesting

Wilmington Notch

All climbing routes are closed on Moss Cliff.

Chapel Pond

All climbing routes are closed on both Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs.

Lake George Eastern Shore

All climbing routes are closed on Shelving Rock.

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain

All routes on the Main Face are closed except the following routes described on pages 38-45 of Adirondack Rock - A Rock Climber's Guide:

  1. Opposition
  2. Goat's Foot on Rock
  3. High and Dry
  4. Bushmaster
  5. Big Buddha
  6. Bushido
  7. Bodacious
  8. Pearly Gates
  9. Kaibob
  10. Battle Creek
  11. Static Cling
  12. Certified Raw
  13. Air Male
  14. Son of a Mother
  15. Phase III
  16. Bastard
  17. Ladder
  18. Puppies on Edge
  19. Hang 'Em High
  20. Group Therapy
  21. Adonis
  22. Pandemonium
  23. Discord
  24. A Womb with a View

If you have any questions on peregrine falcons contact the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291.


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