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Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures

Pergrine Falcon

Peregrine falcons, an endangered species in New York State, are again nesting on cliffs in the Adirondack Park. 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 the earlier start nesting results in the corresponding earlier fledging of the young and therefore the closed routes are re-opened sooner.

March 27, 2014

Beginning April 1, 2014, the following cliffs are closed to rock climbing to allow Peregrine Falcons to choose nesting sites.

Wilmington Notch

Moss Cliff: All climbing routes are closed.

Chapel Pond

Upper Washbowl Cliffs: All climbing routes are closed.

Lower Washbowl Cliffs: All climbing routes are closed.

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain

All climbing routes on the Main Face are closed except the climbing routes described on pages 38-45 (routes #1 thru #24) of Adirondack Rock - A Rock Climber's Guide. The following climbing routes remain open:

  • Opposition
  • Goat's Foot on Rock
  • High and Dry
  • Bushmaster
  • Big Buddha
  • Bushido
  • Bodacious
  • Pearly Gates
  • Kaibob
  • Battle Creek
  • Static Cling
  • Certified Raw
  • Air Male
  • Son of a Mother
  • Phase III
  • Bastard
  • Ladder
  • Puppies on Edge
  • Hang 'Em High
  • Group Therapy
  • Adonis
  • Pandemonium
  • Discord
  • A Womb with a View

Once the location of the falcon's nesting site has been established and identified, DEC will open climbing routes on these cliffs where climbers will not disturb the nesting activity of the falcons.

DEC thanks the volunteers that monitored the nesting sites and the climbing community for their cooperation in avoiding the closed cliffs and routes while the peregrine falcons nested and raised their young.

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


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