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 designates peregrine nesting cliffs as areas closed to visitor use, including climbing and slacklining activities, until peregrine chicks have fledged and dispersed from those areas each year. If you encounter any raptor (falcons, eagles, hawks, etc.) while climbing, please email us.

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 closed to visitor use, including climbing activities, beginning March 1, 2024 and remaining in effect until July 15, 2024, or until further notice:

  • Arch Rock Area – Closure includes all routes of Arch Rock.
  • B.O.L.T. Wall – Immediately southwest of Leaning Tower. Closure includes all routes on the B.O.L.T. Wall.
  • El Capitan, West Face – Closure includes all routes left of and including “Mirage.” "Lurking Fear" remains open.
  • El Capitan, SW Face – Closure includes all routes between and including “Octopussy” to the “Dihedral Wall" are closed. The first 9 pitches of the closed routes remain open.
  • Fairview Dome, West Face – Tuolumne Meadows. Closure includes all routes between and including “Heart of Stone” to “Lucky Streaks.” All other routes remain open.
  • Higher Cathedral Rock – Closure includes all routes between and including “Power Point” and “The North Face.” All other routes remain open.
  • Mt. Broderick – West of Liberty Cap. Closure includes the entire SE face of Mt. Broderick opposite Liberty Cap.
  • Parkline Slab The top 4 pitches of the “Eagle’s Eyrie” climbing route and top 3 pitches of “Moss Madness” are closed to protect an active golden eagle nest. All other routes at Parkline Slab, the first 6 pitches of “Eagle’s Eyrie,” and the first 5 pitches of the “Moss Madness” remain open.
  • 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.
  • Wapama Cliff – Hetch Hetchy. All routes on Wapama Cliff are closed.
  • 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.
  • Widow’s Tears – Closure includes all routes within the Widow’s Tears Alcove. Routes on Tower of Cosmic Winds remain open.
  • Yosemite Point – Closure includes all routes between and including “Czech Route” and “Yosemite Point Buttress.” The first 3 pitches of “Czech Route” and the first 5 pitches of “Yosemite Point Buttress” remain open.

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

Closures for Other Reasons

Rock climbers recently reported a new crack in a cliff on the western side of Royal Arches, near the climbing route Super Slide. Subsequent investigation revealed that this crack has partially detached a large pillar of rock, and that cracking was actively occurring. As a precautionary effort to reduce risk from rockfall, the National Park Service is implementing a temporary area and trail closure starting August 30, 2023:

  • Serenity Crack and Super Slide Climbing Area Closure: Closure includes all routes between and including Peruvian Flake West to the Rhombus Wall. The popular routes Serenity Crack/Sons of Yesterday, and Super Slide are included in the closure. 
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The peregrine falcon thrives in Yosemite Valley, but this remarkable bird was temporarily extirpated from much of its native range, including Yosemite where it disappeared for decades, leading to its listing as an endangered species in the early 1970s. Because of the remarkable, collaborative efforts of Yosemite climbers, UCSC Predatory Bird Research Group, and NPS biologists, with generous funding from the Yosemite Conservancy, the story of Yosemite’s peregrine falcon is one of hope.

Last updated: February 28, 2024

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