We wanted to help the US Forest Service spread the word that Midnight Rock and Snow Creek wall currently are closed to climbing due to Peregrine Falcon nesting. The closure is effective from April 15, 2009 until July 31, 2009. There are currently pairs of Peregrine Falcons nesting in both areas and the pair on Snow Creek has eggs on Library Ledge.
It is vital that climbers respect these closures as failure to stay off these climbing routes could negatively impact future climbing access and will have an adverse effect on the nesting raptors.
For more information, contact the Leavenworth office of the US Forest Service at (509) 548-2550.
Midnight Rock: The closure for Midnight Rock effects the entire crag.
Snow Creek Wall: The closure for Snow Creek Wall currently effects the Main Wall and the Shield area. This includes the routes Outer Space, White Fright, Orbit, and White Slabs.
With this in mind the Northwest Mountain School will not be offering guided climbs on Snow Creek Wall until after the July 31, 2009 raptor closing ends. After July 31 we will commence guide climbs of routes such as Orbit and Outer Space when the USFS lifts the closure.
In the interim, we will still be offering all of the other routes we usually guide in the Leavenworth area such as those in Icicle Canyon and Tumwater Canyon. For more information on these climbs contact the Northwest Mountain School at (509) 548-5823