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Rock climbing closures began April 1, snowmobile trails closed

April 6, 2018
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in its weekly backcountry conditions report that rock climbing route closures would begin on Sunday, April 1, and that many snowmobile trails will be off limits.

Every spring, the DEC closes rock climbing routes that are located near peregrine falcon nesting sites. Disturbances from climbers can cause the falcons to abandon their young or a nesting site.

The DEC, climbers and other volunteers monitor known nesting sites, called eyries, each year to report on the number of mating pair, chicks hatched and chicks fledged. While the climbing closures may be an inconvenience, most climbers have no problem with the arrangement.

"The closures definitely have an impact on climbers visiting the cliff, but climbers tend to be well-informed about the closures (through guidebooks, website forums, local climbing gyms and shops) and prepare accordingly," Jeremy Haas, author of Adirondack Rock: A Climbing Guide, told the Enterprise two years ago.. "I can't think of a single time that a climber has been non-compliant with a cliff closure. Additionally, climbing near territorial birds of prey is really scary.

"Knowing which cliffs are impacted means that I can plan my visits before and after the closure dates," Haas continued. "We have a lot of cliff resources in the Adirondacks, and the closures only impact a few cliffs. Careful monitoring, often done by climbers, can help to open cliffs in a timely matter. Never is a cliff closed for the duration of the season."

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, Chapel Pond and other cliffs around the northern Adirondacks and Lake George have substantial closures.

For a full list of the closed routes, go online to


Snowmobile trails closed

The DEC also announced in the bulletin that snowmobile trails on state and conservation easement lands in the counties of Clinton, Franklin and Warren have all been closed for the spring mud season.

"The seasonal roads will reopen for public motor vehicle use once they have dried, hardened, and annual maintenance and repairs are completed," the DEC wrote.



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