Climbing Regulations

Climbing Information
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Climbing Regulations

New Route Development
Creating new routes by installing fixed protection (including bolts and pitons), and/or cleaning routes of vegetation and soils will be permitted only with the prior written approval of the superintendent and only at these climbing areas:
  • Precipice Wall,
  • South Wall of Champlain Mountain,
  • Jordan Cliffs,
  • Beech Cliffs,
  • Canada Cliffs,
  • Great Head,
  • Dorr Mountain (pinnacle),
  • Enoch Mountain (upper area), and
  • Mansell Mountain.
Route development using fixed protection (including pitons) and route cleaning is prohibited at all other areas of the park. Route cleaning is defined as the systematic and comprehensive removal of soils and vegetation from climbing routes. For more information, visit our Climbing Route Development page.

Group Size
All organized climbing groups are limited to a maximum group size of twelve persons, including guides, and are subject to commercial use regulations. Call 288-8735 for information about commercial use.

Group Climbing
Reservations for climbing are required at Otter Cliffs for organized groups of six people or more from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Group Climbing information.

Commercial Use
Anyone offering instruction or guiding services in the park for a fee must obtain a commercial use authorization. (36 CFR 5.3) To learn more, visit Do Business With Us.

Climbing and bouldering are prohibited on all park bridges. (36 CFR 2.1 a 5)

Dogs are prohibited at climbing areas to the extent that they may not be tethered or allowed to run loose while their owner is climbing. (36 CFR 2.15 a)

Area closures
The Precipice parking lot wall, Jordan Cliffs, and Beech Cliffs are usually closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons between early April and mid-August. Exact dates and locations may vary annually. (36 CFR 1.5)

Last updated: November 30, 2016

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