Peregrine Falcons are back

March 8, 2017

And with that announcement comes the joint announcement of nesting area closures in the Picnic Lunch Wall and First Kiss areas that are in effect until June 30, 2016. Smith Rock State Park is very lucky to have these birds choose the park as their safe breeding turf. It's rare that they travel away from wetlands, so be sure to bring your binoculars.

While this DOES NOT affect hiking trails, it does close down a few routes for climbers.

Picnic Lunch Wall routes above 100 feet and some in the First Kiss area are detailed in these links.

This is also found on the Seasonal Closures page that has additional information for the Monument Area closures due to golden eagle nesting.

Please respect these closures for the good of the falcons as well as your own.  Falcons will defend their nest aggressively. They can be a danger to climbers, and vice versa.