Part of the beauty of Smith Rock State Park is its raptor presence.
Each year we’re graced with new offspring of these magnificent creatures when we help protect their nesting grounds, usually from May until late July.
As of February 17, 2017, bald and golden eagle pairs are here to roost to august 1.
While hiking trails remain open, some campsites and climbing route closures will go into effect from February 17 to August 1, 2017 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. Please observe the posted signs and ask your friends to. Tents have been seen regularly encroaching on the eagle habitat.
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 the 2010 “Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park” Guide Book by Alan Watts. See pages 244-270.
CLOSED routes are numbers 1-44 which include:
- Cajun Cliff
- Victoria Tower
- Little Three Fingered Jack
- Puddy’s Tower
- The Monument
- Anglin’s Buttress
- French Tent Rock
As of March 17, 2017, the prairie falcons have returned, with these closures until june 30, 2017.
First Kiss area:
A pair of falcons nesting in the First Kiss area north of Monkey Face. Main hiking trails area still open.
Climbing routes and ground at the base of the nest area are closed. Please refer to Alan Watts 2010 “Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park” guidebook. See pages 206, 223-225. Closed routes are numbers 41-47, which includes #43, “First Kiss.” Hello Kitty Cliff remains open at this time.
Falcons will defend their nest aggressively—they can be a danger to climbers, and vice versa.
As of MAY 11, 2017, the peregrine falcons HAVE MOVED THEIR NEST. THis change lifts some prior restrictions but adds this one until july 15, 2017:
SMITH ROCK GROUP AREA:
Routes above 100 feet are closed. Single pitch routes and hiking trails remain open.
As of May 11 and until July 15, 2017, the northeast face of the Smith Rock Group area has been added to the climbing route closures. Routes above 100 feet 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.
The nesting peregrines are known to be extremely aggressive to climbers. Please stay off the route and give them their space.
Main hiking trails will remain open.