Climbing Closures

Closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection

The peregrine falcon is a fully protected species in California and a special status species in Yosemite due to its sensitivity to disturbance during the nesting season. To protect this species, the superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating peregrine nesting cliffs as areas closed to visitor use, including climbing and slack-lining activities, until peregrine chicks have fledged and dispersed from those areas in 2018. By order of the superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1): The following areas are identified as cliffs closed to visitor use, including climbing activities, beginning March 1, 2018 and remaining in effect until July 15, 2018, or until further notice:

  • Arch Rock Area All routes at Arch Rock are closed.

  • B.O.L.T. WallImmediately southwest of Leaning Tower. Closure includes all routes on the B.O.L.T. Wall.

  • Camp 4 Wall – The climbing route "Good Ol' Boy" is closed. All other routes remain open.

  • El Capitan, Southeast Face Closure includes all routes between and including “South Seas/Pacific Ocean Wall,” “North America Wall,” east to “Native Son.” The first four pitches of the closed routes from the base of El Capitan remain open. (effective as of April 26

  • Mt. Broderick – West of Liberty Cap. Closure includes the entire southeast face of Mt. Broderick opposite Liberty Cap.

  • Fairview Dome, West Face Tuolumne Meadows. Closure includes all routes between and including “Heart of Stone” to “Lucky Streaks.” All other routes remain open.

  • Hetch Hetchy Closed area includes Wapama Cliff (immediately west of Wapama Falls).

  • Rhombus Wall Above Ahwahnee Meadow. Closure includes all routes west of Super Slide to the Ahwahnee Ramps, including all routes on the Rhombus Wall.

  • The Rostrum Lower Merced Canyon. Closure includes climbing routes on all sides of the Rostrum formation. Super Nova and the Jungle Gym areas remain open. Slack-lining is prohibited at the summit and the top of the adjacent cliff.

  • Wawona Dome – Closure includes all routes between and including “Cream of the Crop” to “Bark at the Moon”. From the base, the first pitch of the closed routes between and including “Lunar Eclipse” to “Bird in Flight” will remain open.

Nest sites will be monitored to provide current information on nesting status and to ensure prompt re-opening of these areas. Closures are subject to change based on current nesting status. Your cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is greatly appreciated.

The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

Learn more about special status bird species in Yosemite National Park.

Last updated: June 21, 2018

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