As of Saturday, April 1st, several climbing routes are closed to make room for peregrine falcons to breed and nest. Peregrine falcons are considered an endangered species in New York State, and many of their nesting sites need to be protected during the breeding season.
The following rock climbing routes are closed until further notice:
All routes on the Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs are closed.
The Amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall along with routes Hang Time and Black Arch Arete on the Main Wall are closed; all other routes are open.
Shelving Rock Mountain
All routes are the Main Wall are closed.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain
All rock climbing routes are closed.
All routes on the Main Face are closed except the following routes:
- Goat’s Foot on Rock
- High and Dry
- Big Buddha
- Pearly Gates
- Battle Creek
- Static Cling
- Air Male
- Son of a Mother
- Phase III
- Puppies on Edge
- Hang ‘Em High
- Group Therapy
- A Womb with a View
Although peregrine falcons have nested on Moss Cliff in the past they have not been seen during the last two summers. The DEC will therefore not be closing rock climbing routes on Moss Cliff or on Labor Day Wall, unless nesting activity is observed.
However, climbers are asked to be cautious and observant while climbing in Wilmington Notch, and to report any aggressive or agitated peregrine falcon behavior to the DEC by calling 518.897.1291.
Peregrine falcons can be recognized by their blue-gray color, long and pointed wings, and a long tail. They’re about the size of a crow.
The DEC will be opening more climbing routes later on, once the peregrine falcons have chosen their nesting sites. The cooperation of rock climbers is much appreciated.
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