Breeding raptors have reoccupied their traditional territories. If you are considering climbing or hiking off-trail at Pinnacles, please look at our list of sensitive areas below, before you plan your trip. For more information on current advisories at Pinnacles, please visit the Friends of Pinnacles and Mud N' Crud websites.
We thank climbers for their patience and support of our efforts to protect the spectacular birds of prey at Pinnacles. For more information about raptors at the park, please refer to the Raptors page.
Updated 24 February 2020
The Raptor Advisory System has been in effect since 1988. We would like to thank you for your assistance in protecting these magnificent birds. By coming to Pinnacles and following these recommendations, you become a partner in managing the Park's resources. You are a vital component to the success of maintaining raptors. Without your cooperation, park staff could not protect the natural resources. You help make Pinnacles a special place.
Please refrain from any rock climbing or off-trail activity within the boundaries of the following routes. Climbing routes are listed to provide orientation to sensitive areas and may not be all inclusive.
Thank you for your cooperation in the Park's efforts to protect these magnificent Natural Resources. If you have any questions, please contact a Ranger or call Research and Resource Management (831-389-4486 x276).
Balconies / Crowley
Sensitive: All climbs on Balconies cliffs from Regular Route south to Happy Hamlin's, Balconies roof routes, Crowley Towers
Okay: All Balconies climbs from Digger north to Knifeblade and Nexus, all routes at The Flumes, all climbs below Balconies Cliffs Trail including Osirus and Toogs, Smiling Simian, and Even Coyotes Do It Doggy Style
CLOSED: All routes on Machete West Face Right (from Pigeon Crack to Stretch Seven) and all routes on Machete South Face (from Serpiente de Cascabel to The Hideout, including first 5 pitches of Old Original)
Okay: All routes on Machete West Face from Corona north, all climbs on Machete North Face, and pitches 6-9 of Old Original, plus north end Machete descent
High Peaks: Citadel
Okay: All routes Egg
CLOSED: All route on Teapot Dome and Ball Pinnacle
Sensitive: All routes on the Egg
Okay: All routes on Proclamation Pinnacle, Case Pinnacle, Arch Pinnacle, Wedge, The Owl, Hunky Dory Rock, Low Down Slab, E.T. Pinnacle Hawkins Peak
Sensitive: Tuff Dome, H&L Dome, Feather Canyon, Meanderthal, Rituals & Magic, Bynum's Spire, Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear, Chuck, Carol, and Cuda Pinnacles, The Flakes, Where's Waldo
Okay: Spike's Peak, Big Step, The Lump, Dragonfly Dome, Smokestack, Sidehorse to Freedom Dome, The Sow, Piglet Tunnel Trail and Central High Peaks
Okay: All routes on Chaos Crag, Condor Crag, N & S Fingers, Long's Folly, Burgundy Dome, Sponge, The Cone to Trafalgar Tower
Resurrection Wall / Goat Rock
Sensitive: All routes on Resurrection Wall from Desecration Palpitation to The Great Spectacular
Okay: All routes north of Resurrection Wall from Casper to Oh Henry, and all routes on Goat Rock, Shaft, Numbskull Needle, and Western Front
Scout Peak: Beak Peak
Okay: All routes Generation Gap Pinnacle
Okay: All routes
Sensitive: All routes on Gargoyle and Piedras Bonitas Cliffs
Okay: All routes on Outcast, Knuckle Ridge, and in Neglected Valley
Marmot / Yaks Area (Little Pinnacles)
Sensitive: All Yaks routes, plus Marauder
Okay: Marmot rocks (excluding Marauder), all Hanging Valley routes
Okay: Frog, Hand, Five Sisters, Upper Crust, Tiburcio's X, all climbs below reservoir
Okay: All routes
Updated 24 Feburary 2020
Raptor Advisory Information
To maximize the potential of successful nest establishment, Pinnacles National Park requests that all visitors refrain from rock climbing and off-trail hiking in sensitive areas during the advisory periods.
These protective measures usually remain in effect until June or July. However, as nesting activity is monitored by Park staff, additional sensitive areas may be identified and listed. Some areas may also be opened. Please check with a ranger or carefully examine the Climbing Information Bulletin Board as you plan you climbing and hiking trips.
This advisory does not affect hiking along the Park's primary trail system. All designated trails will remain fully accessible by park visitors. Climbers should continue to use designated "Climber Access Routes" in all areas of the Park. Special care is requested for those areas most heavily impacted by climbing: Discovery Wall, Elephant Rock, Machete, Upper Crust, the Camel, and the Sisters.
Please remember that intentionally disturbing wildlife nesting, breeding, and other activities is a violation of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Section 2.2 (a) (2)). The Raptor Advisory System has been in effect since 1988. We would like to thank you for your assistance in protecting these magnificent birds. By coming to Pinnacles and following these recommendations, you become a partner in managing the Park's resources. You are a vital component to the success of maintaining raptors. Without your cooperation, park staff could not protect the natural resources. You help make Pinnacles a special place.