Recent Pinnacles News
- Pinnacles National Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown
(posted: Jan 22, 2018)
During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.
- Announcing 2018 Climbing Closures
(posted: Jan 11, 2018)
Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Park will be reinstated as of January 16, 2018, according to Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn.
Mandatory Machete Climbing Closure
posted: February 03, 2018
The area within the following boundary is closed to public access for the protection of wildlife:
The southern portion of the Machete Ridge rock formation and access trails are closed to all climbing and off-trail hiking. All climbing routes on the western face of Machete Ridge from, and including, Pigeon Crack south and around the southern face to The Hideout are closed. The northern portion of Machete Ridge and Balconies Cliffs and Caves trails remain open.
Violation of this closure (36 CFR §1.5(f)) or 16 U.S.C §§1531-1543 is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.
Climbing routes closed to public access:
- Pigeon Crack
- Son of Dawn Wall (and variations)
- Robots of Dawn
- Icarus (and variations)
- Shortly Tooloose
- Gambling Groove
- Desperado Chute Out (and variations)
- Stretch Seven
- Serpiente de Cascabel
- Derringer (and variations)
- Old Original (first five pitches)
- Rappel Bypass
- Rappel Reverse
- The Hideout
Additionally, all off-trail hiking around the southern portion of Machete Ridge is prohibited.