Raptor Advisories

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

Photo by Gavin Emmons

Raptor Advisories and Partial Closure at Machete Ridge Have Been Lifted For 2020

Breeding raptors have successfully raised nestlings and fledged young from cliff-cavity nest sites at Pinnacles. All raptor advisories have been lifted for 2020, but partial closures at Machete Ridge remain in effect. 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 7 November 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.

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.

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: None
Okay: All Balconies climbs, all routes at The Flumes, all climbs below Balconies Cliffs Trail including Osirus and Toogs, Smiling Simian, and Even Coyotes Do It Doggy Style, all routes on Crowley Towers

Machete Ridge

Okay: 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
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes
Egg

Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes
Hawkins Peak
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes
Tunnel Trail and Central High Peaks
Sensitive: None
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: None
Okay: All routes

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

Gargoyle Area:
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes

Marmot / Yaks Area (Little Pinnacles)
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes

Reservoir
Sensitive: None
Okay: Frog, Hand, Five Sisters, Upper Crust, Tiburcio's X, all climbs below reservoir

Pipsqueak Pinnacles
Sensitive: None
Okay: All routes

Updated 6 July 2020

 
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: November 7, 2020

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Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043

Phone:

(831) 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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