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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 cannot 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 Status - May 16, 2022

As of May 3, 2022, climbing is restricted at the following locations:

Chapel Pond Area

All routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs are OPEN.

All routes on the Lower Washbowl Cliffs are OPEN.

The Spider's Web is OPEN.

Moss Cliffs and Notch Mountain

The following areas are closed:

  • Ausable Buttress (Except: Don't Give Guns to Children)
  • Ausable Arete
  • Mitsah Luthah
  • Brass Balls, Steel Nuts, Sticky Rubber
  • ADK Blackfly Rancher
  • Fear of Flying
  • Touch of Class

All other routs and sections are OPEN.


The following routes are CLOSED:

  • Bloody Mary
  • The Cooler
  • Cavalry Hill
  • Letting Go
  • Morning Star
  • Snow Blue
  • Messiah
  • Earthly Night
  • Raptor Scream
  • Fastest Gun
  • Foreplay
  • Worse Than Real
  • Shark Week
  • Borderline
  • Free Swing
  • It Don't Come Easy
  • Steptoe
  • Neurosis
  • Puzzle Rue
  • Ancient of Days
  • Extreme Unction
  • Mayflower
  • Resurrection
  • The Rapture
  • Sailors Dive
  • Pilgrim's Progress
  • Psalm 32
  • Royal Savage

All other routes are OPEN.

Crane Mountain

The Amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall, which includes the following areas, is CLOSED:

  • Four Ounces to Freedom
  • Nasty Seven
  • Birthday Corner
  • Amphitheater Crack
  • Broken Broom
  • Pinch an Inch
  • Dive
  • Here I Go Again
  • Eating Tripe
  • Lichen It

All other routes on Crane Mountain are OPEN.

Shelving Rock

All routes are OPEN except for:

Main Wall:

  • Footloose
  • Dirty Dancying
  • Just Take It
  • Rusty Lumberjack
  • Claim Jumper
  • Project X
  • Infinity and Beyond
  • Infinity Crack
  • Monty Python
  • Knights Who Say Neigh
  • Holy Grail
  • Shake and Bake
  • Stale and Cake
  • Wake and Bake
  • Line of Fire
  • Princess Bride

Neanderthal Wall:

  • Ghost Boner
  • Left Out
  • Breaking Bad

Sleeping Beauty Mountain

All routes are OPEN. A single female may still be active in the area. Use caution.

Rogers Rock

Slab is OPEN. Campground Wall is CLOSED.

Potash Mountain

All routes are CLOSED.

Once peregrine falcon eyries are determined broader openings will come into effect. Thank you all for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 897-1291.

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