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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 13, 2021

Chapel Pond Area

All routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs are OPEN.

All routes on the Lower Washbowl Cliffs are CLOSED.

The Spider's Web is OPEN.

Moss Cliffs and Notch Mountain

The main face of Notch Mountain parallel to Route 86 is CLOSED.

All other climbing areas remain OPEN. These include:

  • Alcatraz
  • Moss Cliff
  • Ausable Arete
  • Ausable Buttress
  • Sportsman Crag
  • Summit Cliffs
  • The Slabs


All routes are OPEN with the following exceptions:

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

Crane Mountain

The amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall, which includes the following, 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 CLOSED.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain

All routes are CLOSED.

Rogers Rock

All routes are OPEN.

Potash Mountain

All routes are CLOSED.

Routes that remain closed will reopen after the young have fledged. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

More about Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures:

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    P.O. Box 296
    Ray Brook, NY 12977
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