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Popular rock climbing area closed in Yosemite National Park after crack forms in cliff

The National Park Service (NPS) has closed a popular rock climbing area in Yosemite National Park after a crack emerged on the face of a cliff. 

A message from the NPS on the park’s website says “Rock climbers recently reported a new crack in a cliff on the western side of Royal Arches, near the climbing route Super Slide.” 

“Subsequent investigation revealed that this crack has partially detached a large pillar of rock, and that cracking was actively occurring,” the message continued. “As a precautionary effort to reduce risk from rockfall, the National Park Service is implementing a temporary area and trail closure.” 

The area now closed to climbers at the California park includes “all routes between and including Peruvian Flake West to the Rhombus Wall” and the “popular routes Serenity Crack/Sons of Yesterday, and Super Slide,” the NPS also said. 


The Chilnaulna Falls Trail is eight miles long with a 2,400-foot elevation gain, according to the park’s website. The site describes the route as “strenuous” with views of the falls and Wawona Dome. 

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.


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