Golden and Bald eagles closures are in effect starting this Friday, February 8, 2019 to August 1, 2019. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags courting, and possibly mating, according to the rumor mill. Eagle nesting site closures for climbing routes and camping along the Bivy rim at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect at that time, with detailed route closures by area below. Falcon nesting closures are coming on February 15.
SmithRock.com is happy to report for all you anxious climbers that the First Kiss climbing area is open again as of tomorrow, Friday, July 13. As far as park management knows, the chicks fledged successfully, bringing all climbing closures to an end for the season.
Bald eagles closures are in effect now, as of February 6, 2018. They've been flying around actively amongst the crags and even seen mating this year. Other raptor nesting site closures for climbing and camping at Smith Rock State Park will go into effect Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Yep, the prairie 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, 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.
It's nesting time again at Smith Rock State Park for both pairs of golden and bald eagles. Hiking trails remain open but some campsites and climbing route closures start February 17.