Rock Climbing on Lumpy Ridge

Lumpy Ridge Climbs
  1 Alligator Rock
  2 Out West Crag
  3 Crescent Wall
  4 Triangle Rock
  5 Gollum's Arch Rocks
  6 Twin Owls
  7 Rock One
  8 Little Twin Owels
  9 Flounder Rock
10 Christmas Crag
11 Batman Rock
12 Checkerboard Rock
13 Batman Pinnacle
14 Lightning Rock
15 The Book
16 Bookmark Pinnacle
17 Bookmark
18 Left Book
19 Bookend
20 Lens Rock
21 Pear
22 Sunshine Buttress
23 Citadel
24 Observatory Dome
25 Thunder Buttress
26 The Parish
27 Sundance Needle
28 Sundance
29 Sundance West
30 Window Rock
31 Castle Rock

The Bivouac Permit is issued only to technical climbers. The permit also provides technical climbers with an advanced position on long, one-day climbs and/or climbs that require an overnight stay on the rock face. All bivouacs require permits. Permits must be in your possession while in the backcountry.

Raptor Protections Closures:

See 2006 closures below.

Since the 1960's, populations of raptors, or birds of prey, have declined dramatically nationwide. Loss of habitat, increases in pesticide use, and hunting have taken a great toll on their numbers. Recent restoration efforts, combined with stricter laws and key habitat protection, have stimulated a recovery of raptor populations across the country.

Rocky Mountain National Park contains excellent habitat for girds of prey. Golden eagles, kestrels, turkey vultures, peregrine and prairie falcons, and re-tailed and Cooper's hawks are especially suited to the park's craggy rock outcroppings.

Unfortunately, the same cliffs that lure raptors also attract rock climbers. The presence of climbers is likely to affect the nesting success of raptors.

n order for wildlife managers to gather information and ensure that raptors can nest undisturbed, specific areas within the park are closed temporarily to public use during nesting season. With you support and cooperation, birds of prey - superb indicators of an ecosystem's health - can thrive in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Initial closures occur in March and April, when raptors return to the region and scout for nesting sites. Areas containing general habitat preferred by raptors are closed during this time. Once raptors have selected nesting spots, the initial closures are lifted or adjusted. The specific areas which raptors choose for nesting sites are closed.

2006 Closures:
  • Checkerboard Rock
  • Lightning Rock
  • Batman Rock
  • Batman Pinnacle
  • Thunder Buttress
  • The Parish
  • Alligator Rock
  • Sheep Mountain
  • Deer Ridge Buttress and Twin Owls
  • Rock One

These closures include the named formations as well as areas extending 100 yards in all directions from these formations. The perimeter around Alligator Rock extends for 200 yards in all directions. Closures include all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber access trails to the named rock formations.

WHEN: Effect on March 11 and will continue through April 30. These closures may be extended longer or rescinded at an earlier date if determined necessary.

The National Park Service is committed to preserving birds of prey. The same cliffs that attract raptors also appeal to climbers. The cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals is essential to the successful nesting of raptors in the park.

Info from Kyle Patterson, NPS. Posted March 9, 2006.

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