• High Peaks and Big Berry Manzanita. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby


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  • No Fires - Fire Danger EXTREME - No Fuego

    No Fires in the campground, no smoking on the trails. Observe these rules to protect park resources. No se permite fumar en los senderos, tampoco se permite las fogatas en el campamento. Proteja los recursos del parque y respete las advertencias. More »

  • Fee Increase at Pinnacles National Park

    On August 1, 2014 the 7 day entrance pass for Pinnacles National Park will increase to $10 for passenger vehicles and motorcycles; bicycle and pedestrian entry will increase to $5.00. The Pinnacles Annual Pass will increase on August 1 to $20.00. More »


An Interior Climate

Pinnacles National Park has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers, and mild winters with moderate precipitation. The park is several miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, without the moderating effects that coastal regions of California such as the San Francisco Bay Area experience. Hence, a wider variation in seasonal temperatures can be expected in the local area. On July or August day, daytime temperatures over 100° F are not uncommon, while overnight subfreezing winter temperatures are not uncommon. Spring and fall are typically the most pleasant weather for hiking and visiting the park.

Hiking Smart in Pinnacles Weather

The steep hiking trails combined with the typically dry weather make it very important for park visitors to carry plenty of drinking water in any season. One of the most common incidents that park staff and volunteers respond to are hikers who have dehydration related emergencies. Many of the trails in the park are exposed to direct sun with little shade. Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, lightweight long-sleeve and long-pants) can make your trip much more enjoyable and safe. In winter months, warm layers, and a light rain repellent jacket can help you stay warm and dry from rain and showers. In heavy rain events that produce flooding, be careful at stream crossings, and check with a ranger about trail conditions for hazardous areas such as the Balconies Cave Trail.

What will the weather be on my visit to Pinnacles?

Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

Click here for historical averages of temperature and precipitation data by month.

Did You Know?

A close-up view of rhyolite breccia

Rhyolitic breccia is the rock that the High Peaks and other rock formations at Pinnacles are made of. Rhyolite breccia is composed of lava sand, ash, and angular chunks of rock that were explosively ejected from the Pinnacles Volcano.