2024 Peregrine Falcon Closure in the Trapps

The Mohonk Preserve has announced a closure in the Trapps for the Peregrine Falcons starting February 1st. It will be a large closure, and once the falcons have chosen a nesting site, it will adjusted. Last year, the nest in the Trapps was successful and a peregrine falcon chick had fully fledged for the first time since 2018!

We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the climbing community in protecting these amazing birds. Did you know that during a dive to hunt for prey, a peregrine can reach over 200 mph, making it the fastest animal?

Here is their announcement:

Based on our experience, current scientific research and raptor protection strategies of conversation partners, the Preserve will continue applying a responsive management approach during the early breeding season to optimize successful eyrie (cliff nest) site selection.

As of Thursday, February 1, 2024, the Preserve will be implementing a temporary closure of climbing and bouldering at the Trapps Cliff as follows:

  • Climbing – The sections between and including Laughing Man (5.11) and Clunies Jollies (5.12)
  • Bouldering – The Buddha, Nameless, Murray and Boxcar areas. This includes all problems from Atlas (V10) to Little Death (V10)

Once an eyrie is established, we will adjust the closure based on the line-of-sight approach that we typically use. This adjustment generally occurs in early spring.

Signage about the closures will be posted at the Trapps Cliff. Closures will not be implemented at Millbrook Ridge or Bonticou Crag, but Peregrine Watch volunteers and staff will continue to monitor peregrine falcon eyrie sites at all three cliffs.

As a reminder, peregrine nesting season may possibly run through late summer. We will keep you updated as the season progresses and share our latest observations with you.

Thank you for your support of our conservation mission as we work together to enable a successful breeding season and help ensure the continued recovery of these remarkable raptors.

Click here to learn more about peregrines on the Shawangunk Ridge