In 2011, a peregrine falcon pair established a new nest near Baxter’s Pinnacle; this is the fifth year in a row that a closure will be levied to protect both climbers and falcons. As the peregrines reclaim this previous nest area, it is an especially critical time for them; therefore, it is important that climbers comply with the posted public closure.
Peregrines are territorial and aggressive birds especially while nesting and incubating eggs; they become even more protective after their chicks hatch. This area will remain closed indefinitely until the young birds have fledged or biologists determine there is no longer a risk to either climbers or the falcons.
The peregrine falcon is among the world’s fastest birds, flying at 40-55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph while defending territory or striking prey. This poses a safety risk to climbers who could be knocked off the route and injured.