Balds and Goldens are Back

February 13, 2017

It’s nesting time again at Smith Rock State Park for both pairs of golden and bald eagles. While hiking trails remain open, some campsites and climbing route closures will go into effect from February 17 to August 1 to give them a little privacy.

Canyon Trail and Campground (Bivy) areas:

  • The bald eagle nest is located near posted signs along the Canyon Trail. Park managers are asking for those using the trail to please:

    * KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM

    * DO NOT LOITER & STAY ON TRAIL

    * TRAVEL IN GROUPS OF 4 OR LESS

  • This habitat closure area will also effect tent camping areas along the rim in the Bivouac campground. As of 2/12/17 signs warning people of the sensitive area have been posted in the park.
     

Monument area:

The golden eagle habitat is located in the Monument climbing area. All routes, cliffs and gullies within 1100 feet of the nest are closed. Hiking trails, Staender Ridge and Juniper Spire (The Product) will remain open.

Please refer to 2010 "Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park" Guide Book by Alan Watts. See pages 244-270.

CLOSED routes are numbers 1-44, which includes Cajun Cliff, Victoria Tower, Little Three Fingered Jack, Puddy's Tower, The Monument, Anglin's Buttress and French Tent Rock. All these areas will be signed by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Aguila the golden eagle. Photo courtesy of the Sunriver Nature Center

Aguila the golden eagle. Photo courtesy of the Sunriver Nature Center

Prairie Falcon closures on Spiderman Buttress, First Kiss, and Picnic Lunch Wall are usually in March. The West Side Crags birds of prey nesting areas usually reopen by the end of June. For more information please contact the Park Staff directly at 541-548-7501.