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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.

Rock Climbing Routes - June 7, 2019

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain

All routes are open including those on the Main Face. Peregrine falcons have been observed but there is no nesting activity on the Main Face. Please be alert and report any sightings of peregrine falcons.

Chapel Pond

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

Crane Mountain

The Amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall and routes 98-101 (Torcher, Eating Tripe and Lichen It, Hang Time, and Black Arch Arete) are closed.

  • The remaining routes on the Main Face section of the Black Arches Wall and all other routes on Crane Mountain are open.

Shelving Rock Mountain

  • All routes on Carhartt Wall are closed.
  • All routes on the Main Wall are open.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain

All rock climbing routes are closed.

Potash Mountain - Potash Cliff

  • Climbing routes Haley's Nose (18) and Goes Both Ways (19), as described on page 86 of Adirondack Rock Volume 2, A Rock Climbers Guide, Second Edition, are closed.
  • In addition, the 4th class scramble to access the Pitch 1 ledge of most routes, is closed.
  • All open routes must be led ground-up.

Wilmington Notch

  • Peregrine falcons have not nested on Moss Cliff the last four summers.
  • DEC will not be closing rock climbing routes on Moss Cliff or Labor Day Wall this spring unless nesting activity is observed.
  • Climbers are urged to be cautious and observant while climbing in Wilmington Notch and report any aggressive or agitated peregrine falcon behavior to the DEC Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291 or

DEC appreciates the cooperation of the climbing community. Once the peregrine falcons have chosen nest ledges, DEC will open additional climbing routes that won't interfere with peregrine nesting and rearing activities.

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