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.
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.
Prairie Falcon and Peregrine Falcon closures start in March.
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