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Watch for nesting peregrines

We are fortunate to have Peregrine Falcons nesting again at Lover’s Leap.  We have had these amazing raptors since 2004 when they chased away the Golden Eagles.

This year they appear to be nesting on the Main Ledge of Eagle Buttress.  Climbs to stay off of  until their nesting is complete are Bookmark to the Hourglass and all climbs in between these two.  Traveler Buttress is open to climbing this year.

If you are on a climb and the Peregrines are acting aggressive towards you, please try and leave that zone ASAP

If you have any encounters with the Peregrines, please contact the Placerville Ranger District, Lover’s Leap Guides, and NorCal Crags.

We will continue to monitor and help open this section of Lover’s Leap as soon as the nesting is done.


Petch has been climbing since 1989 and has passion teaching and guiding as much as he does for climbing. At the end of an eight month climbing trip that took him and his partner from Joshua Tree in Southern California to Devils Tower in the eastern part of Wyoming, and everything in between, the final stop turned out to be Lover’s Leap. The right turn towards Lover’s Leap landed Petch in the campground in 1993. Climbing for eight months and a bank account of zero, he quickly found a job at the Strawberry Lodge. Falling in love with Lover’s Leap and Strawberry he found making a home easy. A guiding job opened in 1996 with teaching youth backpacking and rock climbing. The exciting future of guiding as a full time profession led to the opening of Lover’s Leap Guides in 2003. With his enthusiasm and knowledge of Lover’s Leap, Lover’s Leap Guides has become the most popular and busiest service to climb at Lover’s Leap. He has spent countless hours working with the Access Fund, CRAGS, and the Forest Service to maintain trails, protect nesting raptors, and community outreach. Climbing most of the routes at Lover’s Leap, he has also added numerous routes of his own. From 5.5 to 5.12D, some of his first ascents have become modern day classics. A good chance you will probably climb one of his routes when you climb with Lover’s Leap Guides. Petch is certified by the AMGA as a Rock Instructor and holds his certification as a Wilderness First Responder and CPR.