Yosemite, Calif. — A favorite climbing spot in Yosemite National Park is now off-limits due to a big crack appearing in a giant cliff.
Some climbers spotted the fresh crack on the west side of the Royal Arches, right by a climbing path known as Super Slide, the park’s site mentions.
“Subsequent investigation revealed that this crack has partially detached a large pillar of rock, and that cracking was actively occurring,” the site notes.
Several climbing paths were shut down on Aug. 30 to keep everyone safe from falling rocks. A bit of the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail got closed too, but there’s a detour people can use.
“The popular routes Serenity Crack/Sons of Yesterday, and Super Slide are included in the closure,” the park’s website adds.
Just so you know, rockfalls are kinda common in Yosemite due to Mother Nature’s ways, says the National Park Service.
Those neat curves on the Royal Arches cliff? They’re from a weather thing called exfoliation, making layers of rock drop off. Cool spots like Half Dome in Yosemite? Yep, made the same way.