Spring Road Closures That Affect Cliff Access

It is finally mud season. Although this year it appears to be relatively dry and mud free! During the spring, several roads that are used to access good early season rock climbing cliffs are closed or blocked by late season snow. Below are current road closures that affect several different cliffs. We’ll update this page as closures and conditions change.

Shelving Rock, Ark Wall & Sleeping Beauty– The Shelving Rock Rd is OPEN! This means that you can now access Shelving Rock and the Ark Wall. The Sleeping Beauty/Dacy Clearing Rd is OPEN. Accessing Sleeping Beauty is now possible, but since the entire cliff is closed for peregrine falcons, no climbers should be headed there anyway.

Crane Mountain- The short section of road that accesses the Crane Mountain Trailhead from the end of Ski Hi Rd is snow free but still very wet. With a high clearance vehicle you can get into the trailhead, but with any smaller vehicle you should find alternate parking. You can park at the end of Ski Hi Rd and walk the access road into the Crane Mountain Trailhead. If you do park at the end of Ski Hi Rd, be sure to not block anyones driveway and please don’t trespass to try and save time reaching the East Path approach trail!

Sugarloaf & Cedar River Crag- The Cedar River Rd is closed just past the sand/gravel pit, approximately 2 miles from the trail used to access Sugarloaf. You can park off the road just before its blocked and walk in to access the cliffs. DO NOT park in the sand/gravel pit area!

Ragged Mountain- The Gulf Brook Rd is closed at the first parking area. Climbers should park at this initial parking lot and walk the road from there. This will add about 15-20 minutes of road walking to the approach for Ragged Mountain.

Ice Cave Mountain- The North Lake Extension used to access the parking for Ice Cave Mountain has a bridge that is washed out approximately 1 mile before the parking area. You can park in the campgrounds before the washed out bridge and walk from there. This adds about 30 minutes to the approach.