Part of the beauty of Smith Rock State Park is its raptor presence.
As usual, these closures are based on last year's nesting sites and could change, as they have these last few years. We will post updates here and on Facebook. See below for routes currently closed.
For those of you coming here from out of the area, please note these closures only affect a small number of all the routes in the park, and hiking trails remain open.
Normally the closure is February 1-July 31 for golden eagles in the Monument Area. The West Side Crags birds of prey nesting areas usually reopen by the end of June.
BALD EAGLES CAMPING CLOSURES: FEB 6- july 31
Bivy Campground Canyon Rim tent sites are now closed as of February 6, 2018. Look for the posted signs in the affected areas. The rest of the campground is open, with only a few tent site closed along the rim.
Please observe the Bald Eagle Courtesy signs along the Canyon Trail. Essentially in the sensitive areas marked, the park is asking the following:
*KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM
*DO NOT LOITER & STAY ON TRAIL
*TRAVEL IN GROUPS OF 4 OR LESS
GOLDEN EAGLES CLIMBING ROUTE CLOSURES: FEB 10- JULY 31
Look for the posted climbing closure signs in the Monument Area. Climbing routes, cliffs and gullies within 1100 feet of the nest are closed.
Please refer to 2010 “Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park” Guide Book by Alan Watts. See pages 244-270. CLOSED routes are numbered 1-44, which includes:
- Cajun Cliff
- Victoria Tower
- Little Three Fingered Jack
- Puddy’s Tower,
- The Monument
- Anglin’s Buttress
- French Tent Rock
Staender Ridge and Juniper Spire (The Product) remain OPEN at this time.
PRAIRIE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE: FEB 10- JULY 15
- First Kiss Area (north of Monkey Face)
- Climbing routes and ground at the base of the nest area are closed
- Hello Kitty Cliff remains open at this time
Falcons will defend their nest aggressively. They can be a danger to climbers, and the other way around too.
Please refer to 2010 “Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park” Guide Book by Alan Watts.
See pages 206, 223-225. CLOSED routes are numbered 41-47 which includes:
- First Kiss (#43)
PEREGRINE FALCON Areas: CLIMBING OPEN
UPDATED MAY 8, 2018
An injured male Peregrine Falcon was found at Ranch of the Canyons and is currently being rehabilitated at a local raptor rehab facility. It appears the falcon got in a fight with another raptor. Park management has determined with certainty that the injured falcon is the male from the Smith Rock pair. The female is not able to incubate and raise the chicks on her own so the nest has been abandoned. The Peregrine climbing closure has been lifted.