The last of the raptor closures, this time for both Prairie and Peregrine falcons, has been lifted as of July 15, 2017 at Smith Rock State Park. Yes, climbers—First Kiss is back open, along with all routes above 100 feet in the Smith Rock Group area.
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.
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.
Joining the bald and golden eagles, the prairie falcons are back to roost for the season. While this DOES NOT affect hiking trails, it does close down a few routes for climbers.
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.