Peregrine Falcons Have Joined the Nesting Party

 

MAY 11, 2017 UPDATE: 

Yep, the peregrine falcons decided to move their nest this year. This translates to a lifting of Picnic Lunch Wall route closures above 100 feet and Voyage of the Cow Dog restrictions as of May 11 through July 15, 2017.

BUT, they are now on the northeast face of the Smith Rock Group, so routes above 100 feet there are closed. Single pitch routes remain open. 

Got a second edition Smith Rock Guide Book by Alan Watts? See pages 153-156. Closed routes are numbered 16-32. The closure includes the King Line.

See ALL route closures on our Seasonal Closures page.




April 28, 2017

Heads up climbers—Peregrine falcons are nesting now, joining other raptors already doing the same. Golden and bald eagles and prairie falcons are already noted on the Seasonal Closures page of our website, with information on climbing route closures.

peregrine falcons will defend their turf aggressively, so please respect the closure

peregrine falcons will defend their turf aggressively, so please respect the closure

As of May 1 and through July 31, 2017, Voyage of the Cow Dog area has been added to the climbing route closures.

The peregrines are nesting near Ship Rock and are known to be extremely aggressive to climbers. Please stay off the route and give them their space.

Main hiking trails will remain open.