Author: WNY Access

Zoar Valley Update – January 2022

The Western New York Access Coalition, in conjunction with the Access Fund, has been working with one of the DEC regional foresters for the Zoar Valley Multiple Use and UniqueArea, and is happy to announce that ice climbing and rappelling by rope have been excluded from the restrictions prohibiting persons from entering the area within […]

18 Mile Creek Ice Climbing Permit

The Western New York Access Coalition is happy to announce that ice climbing is once again permitted in 18-Mile Creek Park, in the town of Hamburg, New York! All ice climbers will be required to obtain an ice climbing permit from the Erie County Parks Department prior to ice climbing. The permit is free, is […]

Whirlpool State Park

Recently, a number of climbers bouldering in Whirlpool State Park were approached by Law enforcement and a park ranger and asked to leave the boulders at the Whirlpool Trail. The ranger reminded them that climbing at the park was prohibited and warned them that if they were found climbing there again, they may be subject to a $250 fine.

Zoar Valley

Ice climbing at Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area has been safely and responsibly done for over 30 years. The Western New York Access Coalition (WNYAccess) is dedicated to preserving this enjoyable winter activity for current and future ice climbers. Ice climbing is currently not prohibited at Zoar Valley, but there is a pending new unit […]

18 Mile Creek Access

Attention Ice Climbers: We need your help! Sometime between 3 and 6 February 2021, a notice was posted at the trailhead of 18-Mile Creek County Park stating, “Stay Off Waterfalls Absolutely No Climbing”. 18-Mile Creek County Park is a 466 acre undeveloped park with a 60 ft deep gorge cut through it, caused by the […]