Rock Climbing Route Closure Update – Effective May 13, 2016

Effective Friday, May 13, 2016, the Adirondack rock climbing routes closed to protect nesting Peregrine falcons are revised as follows:


Wilmington Notch – All routes on Moss Cliff and Labor Day Wall remain closed.

Chapel Pond – All routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs are now open to climbing, all routes on the Lower Washbowl Cliffs remain closed.

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain – All routes on the Main Face remain closed except the following routes described on pages 39-45 of Adirondack Rock – A Rock Climber’s Guide:

1. Opposition
2. Goat’s Foot on Rock
3. High and Dry
4. Bushmaster
5. Big Buddha
6. Bushido
7. Bodacious
8. Pearly Gates
9. Kaibob
10. Battle Creek
11. Static Cling
12. Certified Raw
13. Air Male
14. Son of a Mother
15. Phase III
16. Bastard
17. Ladder
18. Puppies on Edge
19. Hang ‘Em High
20 Group Therapy
21. Adonis
22. Pandemonium
23. Discord
24. A Womb with a View

Crane Mountain – All routes within the Amphitheater on the Black Arches Wall (from #86 “Project” to #97 “Gun Show”) remain closed.  All other climbing routes on Crane Mountain are now open.

Shelving Rock Mountain – All routes on the Main Wall are now open to climbing.  All routes on the Big Wall and Jackass Buttress are now closed.  This includes all routes from #52 “Enduro Man” to #66 “Winds of Change”, and the approach trail that accesses these routes.  Please use the lower approach trail that ascends the talus below the Main Wall.

Current route closure information will be posted at trailheads and online at:

DEC appreciates the cooperation of the climbing community.  Efforts are still underway to determine the nest locations at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain and Moss Cliff.  Additional updates will be sent out as they become available.