Raptor Advisories

Prairie Falcon Fledglings
Prairie Falcon fledglings, flaring wings after first flight.

Photo by Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisories Are Currently In Effect

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 1 February 2018

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.

Sensitive Areas
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.

** Please note that there is currently a Mandatory Closure at the south and east sides of Machete Ridge. **

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, Smiling Simian, and Even Coyotes Do It Doggy Style
Okay: All Balconies climbs from Digger north to Knifeblade and Nexus, Flimsy Flume (Tilting Terrace), all climbs below Balconies Cliffs Trail including Osirus and Toogs

Machete Ridge
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 Rappel Reverse, including first 5 pitches of Old Original and The Hideout)
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
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes on Citadel and Whitetail Rock
Egg
Sensitive: All routes between the Egg and Teapot Dome, including Proclamation Pinnacle, Arch Pinnacle, Wedge, Ball Pinnacle, and Hunky Dory Rock
Okay: None
Hawkins Peak
Sensitive: Tuff Dome, H&L Dome, Bynum's Spire, Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear, Cornflake, Frothy Flake, Where's Waldo, Feather Canyon
Okay: Spike's Peak, Smokestack, Big Step, The Lump, Dragonfly Dome, Sidehorse to Freedom Dome, The Sow, Piglet
Tunnel Trail and Central High Peaks
Sensitive: All climbs on Chaos Crag
Okay: All routes on 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, Goat Rock, and Shaft
Okay: All routes on Western Front

Scout Peak:
Beak Peak
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes
Generation Gap Pinnacle
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes

Gargoyle Area:
Sensitive: All routes on Piedras Bonitas Cliffs
Okay: All routes on Gargoyle, Knuckle Ridge, and in Neglected Valley

Marmot / Yaks Area (Little Pinnacles)
Sensitive: All routes on North & South Yaks, Yaks Wall, plus Marauder
Okay: Marmot rocks (excluding Marauder), Hanging Valley including Toilet Seat to Nip and Tuck

Reservoir
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes

Pipsqueak Pinnacles
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes

Updated 1 February 2018

 
Barn Owl Nestlings
Barn Owl nestlings, in cliff cavity nest

Photo by Gavin Emmons

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.

 

Last updated: February 7, 2018

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Paicines, CA 95043

Phone:

(831) 389-4486
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