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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 - August 03, 2021

As of August 03, 2021 there are no longer any active climbing restrictions in the East/Central Adirondacks.

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

All routes are OPEN.

Poke-O-Moonshine

All routes are OPEN.

Crane Mountain

All routes are OPEN.

Shelving Rock

All routes are OPEN.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain

All routes are OPEN.

Rogers Rock

All routes are OPEN.

Potash Mountain

All routes are OPEN.

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.



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