Climbing ban at Cave Rock is permanent
U.S. Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit signed a forest order last week that will enforce a permanent climbing closure at Cave Rock and move the Cave Rock Management Plan forward. The plan will manage the site ” considered sacred by the Washoe Tribe ” for its historical and archaeological significance.
Under this new forest order, Cave Rock remains open to the public for noninvasive recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking and fishing.
The order follows a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion filed last August that upheld the climbing closure for resource protection. The ruling left intact the Forest Service’s decision to protect Cave Rock’s heritage, archaeological and historic resources, and prohibit activities that physically damage Cave Rock, such as rock-climbing, graffiti and motorized use outside the highway corridor.
Cave Rock is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places for its archaeological and historic significance.
The forest order, No. 19-08-01, can be viewed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects/cave-rock/index.shtml.