Annual Rock Climbing Closures
Moro Rock climbing closures for the 2017 season began on April 1 and will remain in effect until August 15, depending on nesting activity. These closures protect peregrine falcons as they nest and raise their young.
Peregrine falcons nested on Moro Rock historically, but then disappeared when they neared extinction due to DDT. When use of DDT stopped in this country, populations of these falcons and other birds began to rebound. Peregrines can once again be seen in these parks. Falcons can be very sensitive to human activity in their nest area and may abandon it if disturbed. Nest sites are monitored to gather current information on use and to ensure prompt re-opening of these areas. Closures are subject to change 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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