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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.

May 21, 2015

The following cliffs or sections of cliffs are 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.

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain

The following rock climbing routes on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain's Main Face described on pages 76-99 of Adirondack Rock - A Rock Climber's Guide are closed to allow nesting peregrine falcons to hatch and raise the young undisturbed:

  • 106 - Shark Week
  • 107 - The Cooler
  • 108 - The Gathering
  • 109 - Extreme Unction
  • 110 - Resurrection
  • 111 - Sailors Drive
  • 112 - Calvary Hill
  • 113 - Letting Go
  • 114 - Messiah
  • 115 - Foreplay
  • 116 - Borderline
  • 117 - It Don't Come Easy
  • 118 - Puzzle Rue
  • 119 - Mayflower
  • 120 - The Rapture
  • 121 - Pilgrim's Progress
  • 122 - Snow Blue
  • 123 - Morning Star
  • 124 - Earthy Night
  • 125 - Worse Than Real
  • 126 - Neurosis
  • 127 - Steptoe
  • 128 - Ancient of Days
  • 129 - Raptor's Scream
  • 130 - Free Swing
  • 131 - Smear Campaign
  • 132 - Royal Savage
  • 133 - Lost Chance
  • 134 - Home Rule
  • 135 - Neurosis Direct
  • 136 - Pomme de Terre
  • 137 - Scallion
  • 138 - Macintosh
  • 139 - Green Onion
  • 140 - Grapes of Wrath
  • 141 - A.S.
  • 142 - Quo Vadis
  • 143 - La Spirale
  • 144 - Thunderhead
  • 145 - Lightning
  • 146 - Cirrhosis
  • 147 - End Game
  • 148 - Dicentra
  • 149 - Menace to Sobriety
  • 150 - Amongst the Crowd/Clouds
  • 151 - Paralysis
  • 152 - Annie's Dilemma
  • 153 - Orchestra
  • 154 - Maestro
  • 155 - Macrobiotic
  • 156 - Moonshine
  • 157 - Watch My Bolt
  • 158 - Tachycardia
  • 159 - Sunburst Arete
  • 160 - The Real 208
  • 161 - Domingo
  • 162 - Paper Walls
  • 163 - Keep Off Flake
  • 164 - In Vivo
  • 165 - Rare Earth
  • 166 - Parabolic Cats
  • 167 - Lichenstorm

All other climbing routes on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain are open.

Chapel Pond

  • All climbing routes on Upper Washbowl Cliffs are open.
  • All climbing routes on Lower Washbowl Cliffs remain closed.

Lake George Eastern Shore

On Shelving Rock the following climbing routes on the Main Wall (left of Wake and Bake Buttress) from the Snakecharmer Corner to Infinity Crack remain closed:

  • Lunar Manscaping
  • Snakecharmer
  • Thunder Down Under
  • Hackett Corner
  • Grin and Bear It
  • Price is Right
  • Gong Show
  • Doodlebug
  • Rock Lobster
  • Footloose
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Just Take It
  • Rusty Lumberjack
  • Claimjumper
  • Project X
  • Infinity and Beyond

All other climbing routes on Shelving Rock are open.

If you are subject to aggressive behavior by peregrine falcons while climbing please climb down immediately and report the incident to the DEC as soon as possible. Reports and questions can be directed to the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291.


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