Annual Rock Climbing Closure Update
Rock climbing closures for the 2016 season have been lifted at Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park. We thank you for your cooperation as we worked to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
Peregrine falcons historically nested on Moro Rock, and since nearing extinction due to DDT, they are back! Peregrines can be very sensitive to human activity around their nest area and may abandon the nest if disturbed. Nest sites will be monitored to provide current information on nesting and to ensure prompt re-opening of these areas. Closures are subject to changes based on current nesting status.
By respecting closures, you play an active role in the conservation of these amazing birds. We appreciate your support.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are a great place to climb. The rock here is similar to Yosemite in quality. One can enjoy an endless variety of climbs from easy to extremely challenging-without the crowds and pressure of more famous climbing areas. Outstanding routes in the parks include the Obelisk and Grand Sentinel. Most climbs require at least a day's hike in.
In nearby Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest, Chimney Rock is one climbing destination. Like Moro Rock, it closes during nesting season for peregrine falcons.
Kings Canyon climbs
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