All Adirondack Rock Routes are Now OPEN!

All Adirondack Rock Routes are Now Open!

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.

As of July 16, 2015

The following cliffs or sections of cliffs are closed to climbers to allow peregrine falcons to raise their young undisturbed. Routes are reopened when the young falcons have fledged and left the nest.

Crane Mountain

All rock climbing routes are open.

Wilmington Notch

All climbing routes on Moss Cliff are open.

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain

All rock climbing routes are open.

Chapel Pond

All rock climbing routes on Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs are open.

Lake George Eastern Shore

On Shelving Rock the following climbing routes on the Main Wall (left of Wake and Bake Buttress) from the Snakecharmer Corner to Infinity Crack remain closed:

  • Lunar Manscaping
  • Snakecharmer
  • Thunder Down Under
  • Hackett Corner
  • Grin and Bear It
  • Price is Right
  • Gong Show
  • Doodlebug
  • Rock Lobster
  • Footloose
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Just Take It
  • Rusty Lumberjack
  • Claimjumper
  • Project X
  • Infinity and Beyond

All other climbing routes on Shelving Rock are open.

DEC appreciates the patience and understanding of the rock climbing community.

If you are subject to aggressive behavior by peregrine falcons while climbing please climb down immediately and report the incident to the DEC as soon as possible. Reports and questions can be directed to the DEC Region 5 Wildlife Office at 518-897-1291.