Environment / Nature

West side of Pinnacles National Park and Balconies trail closed

Closure will allow staff to remove down trees, repair trail washouts and mitigate any safety concerns.
Trail wash out. Photo courtesy of Pinnacles National Park.
Trail wash out. Photo courtesy of Pinnacles National Park.
Standing water. Photo courtesy of Pinnacles National Park.
Standing water. Photo courtesy of Pinnacles National Park.
Bridge damage. Photo courtesy of Pinnacles National Park.
Bridge damage. Photo courtesy of Pinnacles National Park.

Information provided by Pinnacles National Park.

Due to damage caused by high winds and heavy rainfall over the past few days, the west side (Soledad) of Pinnacles National Park and the Balconies trail are temporarily closed to all users. The closure will allow staff to remove down trees, repair trail washouts, and mitigate any safety concerns.

“Pinnacles received more than five inches of rain over the past 48 hours. This has resulted in number of unsafe trail conditions. Since visitor safety is paramount, we need time to remove down trees and repair any unsafe conditions on the west side of the park,” said Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky.

The closed areas of the park will reopen as soon as the safety concerns are addressed. If additional unsafe conditions are found these areas of the park may remain closed. Visitors are asked to refer to the park website, www.nps.gov/PINN and social media sites for the most current park conditions.

BenitoLink Staff