ROUTE CLOSED TO PROTECT ENDANGERED PLANTS. The Park Service has deemed that the all routes on the north facing, south side of the GROTTO are critical habitat and the routes have been removed, posted, and closed.
Routes upstream from "Game Boy," on the south side of the Grotto, have been closed.
NO BOLTS & NO ANCHOR.
Busy day in the Grotto. Climber on the left, on "G...
Cory gunning up the headwall and the anchors on "G...
|By Benjamin Chapman|
From: Small Town, USA
Nov 26, 2009
Route removed, posted, and closed.
|By Simon Hatfield|
From: Oakland, CA
May 1, 2010
I climbed this route with a few friends today and were approached by a group of concerned park rangers. Apparently, Garden of Expectations and Mystic River cut through one of the world's 3 remaining populations of a critically endangered succulent. After the rangers identified the plant for us it was obvious that it was in fact activity by climbers that has destroyed much of this population. They mentioned that Echo was almost closed years ago in an effort to protect this specific plant. We convinced them that the climbing community is not only passionate about preserving the environment, but respectful towards rules, especially when access was contingent on them.
Please help the park service to preserve this species by not only discontinuing the climbing in the northwest of the grotto, but making sure that other climbers know that the routes in the area run through critical habitat. As continuing to climb this route will likely lead to closure of the whole area, it is better to climb routes that do not promise to cause the extinction of a species.