Yosemite National Park represents the highest peregrine falcon nesting area in the Sierra Nevada. The park has played a pivotal role in the birds recovery from an endangered species. There are numerous climbing closures to help protect the birds' nesting areas. When planning your next climbing trip to the national park, make sure to consider the peregrine nesting areas.
Arch Rock Area - Lower Merced River Gorge. Closure includes all routes with the following exceptions: routes west of and including "Later" and northeast of and including "Juliette's Flake" remain open.
B.O.L.T. Wall - Immediately southwest of Leaning Tower. Closure includes all routes on the B.O.L.T. Wall.
El Capitan, Southeast Face - Closure includes all big wall routes between and including "South Seas/Pacific Ocean Wall" to the west and "Native Son" to the east. At the base, the first 4 pitches of all routes within this area remain open.
El Capitan, Southwest Face - Closure includes all routes between and including "Peter Pan" east to the "Dihedral Wall."
Hetch Hetchy - Closed area includes Kolana Rock and Wapama Cliff (immediately west of Wapama Falls).
Medlicott Dome - Tuolumne. Closure includes all routes between and including "Shambles" to "Bogey Meets Mr. Porcupine."
Middle Cathedral Rock - Closure includes "North Buttress," "Direct North Buttress," "Ho Chi Minh Trail," and the Kat Walk. At the base, the first 5 pitches remain open.
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 "Super Nova" and extends west to all climbing routes on all sides of the Rostrum. The "Jungle Gym" area remains open. Slack-lining is prohibited at the summit and the top of the adjacent cliff.
Yosemite Point - Closure includes all routes between and including "Yosemite Point Buttress" and Yosemite Point Southwest Face, "Min-Ne-Ah." At the base, the first 5 pitches 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.
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