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Climbing Advisory in Effect at Pinnacles National Park

The annual measures are put in place to protect nesting raptors. Restrictions for climbing in Pinnacles National Park begin Jan. 16.

Pinnacles National Park will be reinstating a climbing advisory to protect nesting raptors. The annual measures will begin on Jan. 16.   

 “We ask you to refrain from any off-trail hiking and climbing in sensitive areas which include the High Peaks, the Balconies Cliffs area, the Piedras Bonitas Cliffs, Goat Rock, Resurrection Wall, Little Pinnacles, and the Egg Rock/Teapot Dome areas,” said Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn. “Without your cooperation in avoiding the advisory areas, this program could not be the success that it is." 

According to Beppler-Dorn, last year six pairs of Prairie and Peregrine Falcons produced a total of 22 fledglings. The park also had successful nesting by American Kestrels, Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Long-eared Owls. 

The specific locations of these sensitive areas are posted on information boards at trailheads, at the visitor centers, on the web at or by calling (831)-389-4486. 

For more information regarding the park’s raptor monitoring program, please call the Pinnacles National Park office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4486 extension 270. 

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