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    Trail Crew will be closing the Tourist trap climbing area for repairs from 4/3/17 through 4/27/17 Monday through Thursday.

News from 2017Top of Page

Tempory Closure of Tourist Trap

(posted: March 24, 2017)

Trail Crew will be closing the Tourist trap climbing area for repairs from 4/3/17 through 4/27/17 Monday through Thursday.

Raptor and Closure Updates For February & March

(posted: March 23, 2017)

Here is an update on raptor activity at the park in February and March as the breeding season develops.

Friends Of Pinnacles Gets A Facelift

(posted: February 27, 2017)

You may have noticed that our Web site was down for about a week in the middle of February.

Jawbone Canyon Trail Project

(posted: February 02, 2017)

On Saturday (Jan 28th) a group of voluteers made the trek to Pinnacles Natinoal Park to assist in the Jawbone Canyon Trail Project. The following is a trip report submitted by FOP's President Bruce Hildenbrand.

Raptor/Closures Update - January 2017

(posted: January 26, 2017)

Gavin Emmons (Raptor/Condor Biologist) has sent us an update on raptor activity at the park in January as the breeding season is starting up.

FOP Awarded Access Fund Rebolting Grant

(posted: January 02, 2017)

This is a great way to start the New Year: For the second year in a row, Friends of Pinnacles has been awarded a rebolting grant from the Access Fund.

News from 2016Top of Page

Condors Rule!

(posted: December 21, 2016)

The special closure of Machete Ridge South has been lifted AND we have a new condor buddy with whom to share the cliffs.

Climber Alert - NPS Climbing Policy Changes

(posted: November 11, 2016)

A series of events at the National Park Service has resulted in a DO (Director Order) that could lay the groundwork for restrictions or prohibitions of climbing within the National Parks.

Special Climbing Closure Notice

(posted: October 25, 2016)

The south end of Machete is still closed, for a mandatory closure, not just a climbing advisory. There is a condor nest near Old Original and the condor crew folks are maintaining the closure until the condor young has a chance to fly more confidently in

2016 Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Day

(posted: October 05, 2016)

It's time for the 4th Annual Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Day Volunteer Weekend (and PARTY!).

Raptor Monitoring / Closures Update (May / June)

(posted: June 12, 2016)

The raptor breeding season is starting to wind down, with many nests fledging young. Prairie falcons and peregrine falcons are wrapping up nest efforts, and fledglings are taking their first flights from nest sites.

The Future of Fixed Anchors

(posted: May 19, 2016)

FOP President, Bruce Hildenbrand at the Future of Fixed Anchors II conference in Las Vegas

Centennial BioBlitz at Pinnacles National Monument

(posted: May 19, 2016)

Pinnacles National Park will be hosting a Centennial BioBlitz - a treasure hunt to discover living organisms - May 21, 2016.

April 2016 Raptor / Climbing Closures Update

(posted: April 15, 2016)

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Raptor Monitor Report - Feb 2016

(posted: February 18, 2016)

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News from 2015Top of Page

Rebolting on South Yak

(posted: December 12, 2015)

On December 3rd Clint and Bruce finished a day of rebolting on South Yak

FOP Finishes Major Rebolting Project

(posted: December 02, 2015)

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Final 2015 PCAD Logistics

(posted: October 21, 2015)

Advanced Registration for this years PCAD is now closed. If you are not already on the

FOP Awarded Rebolting Grant

(posted: October 16, 2015)

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2015 Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Day!

(posted: October 02, 2015)

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Seniors, Get a FREE Lifetime National Park Pass

(posted: September 28, 2015)

Seniors are invited to come to Pinnacles National Park or any National Park Site on October 8th 2015 for a free pass that entitles them to lifetime entrance into the park.

Every Kid in a Park

(posted: September 10, 2015)

Effective September 1st, all 4th graders are eligible for a free annual pass that is valid until August 31st, 2016.

You are invited to the NPS 99th Birthday

(posted: August 18, 2015)

On August 25, 2015 the National Park Service turns 99!

Pinnacles Partnership announces 'Pinnacles Condor Experience'

(posted: August 17, 2015)

...take part in Pinnacles Condor Experience - an exciting new condor education and fundraising program presented by Pinnacles Partnership.

Raptor Monitoring Update for July 2015

(posted: July 11, 2015)

Climbers and hikers generally did an excellent job of adhering to advisories and allowing falcons to nest in chosen territories throughout the park. I definitely appreciate the support!

NPS is Proposing Two New West Side Trails

(posted: July 03, 2015)

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to construct two new trails within Pinnacles National Park. Both trails would be built on the west side of the park and would begin at the West Side Visitor Contact Station (VCS).

Entrance Fee Increases Beginning Dec 1st

(posted: May 31, 2015)

Starting on December 1st, Pinnacles National Park will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.

April Raptor / Climbing Advisories Update

(posted: April 12, 2015)

In general, PRFA activity this season seems to be proceeding normally in regards to annual occupancy and courtship schedules, though overall numbers of PRFA pairs are a bit lower than average.

Pinnacles National Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement

(posted: April 01, 2015)

Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Raptor Monitoring / Climbing Advisories Update

(posted: March 16, 2015)

Two peregrine falcon (PEFA) pairs - one that nested last year for the tenth consecutive year at Hawkins and another that nested at Balconies for the first time in 50 years - wintered at the park.

Our Hero! One Small Climber's Big Effort For the Cause

(posted: February 08, 2015)

...every once in a blue moon something amazing happens. In this instance, it took the rather surprising form of a 9-year-old girl from Monterey.

Trash Problems At The Park

(posted: February 05, 2015)

Trash at the Park is getting out of control. What can we all do to help?

2015 Raptor Monitoring Report

(posted: February 04, 2015)

For those who don't know me, my name is Gavin Emmons, and I have returned for a 13th season as the raptor biologist at Pinnacles National Park. I just wanted to send everyone an update as to the status of raptors for the past month.

Pinnacles Partnership Funds Viewing Scopes at the Park

(posted: January 27, 2015)

The addition of these scopes provides viewing access from areas near parking lots on the east and west sides of the park. The scopes offer an enhanced view of scenic features of the park, especially for visitors who may have difficulty hiking the trails.

News from 2014Top of Page

Proposed Park Fee Increases

(posted: December 03, 2014)

Pinnacles National Park will be holding open forums to discuss possible fee increases from 2015 through 2019.

Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Weekend

(posted: September 25, 2014)

Come for the fun and share in the effort

Fundraising Birding Hikes at Pinnacles

(posted: September 16, 2014)

Funds raised through these hikes will benefit the Condor Restoration Program.

Summer Speaker Series (August)

(posted: August 07, 2014)

Natural History of Pinnacles and the California Central Coast

Park Fee Increase Goes into Effect August 1

(posted: July 26, 2014)

Park managers are planning to utilize the fee revenue generated by this increase to provide better customer service in several ways...

July 2014 Raptor/Closures Update

(posted: July 12, 2014)

Please note that climbing and hiking advisories have just been updated as of July 9th. Raptor advisories are still in effect at Hawkins Peak (including Tuff Dome, H & L Dome, and Frothy Flake)

Speaker Series: Climate and Sustainability

(posted: June 30, 2014)

Summer Speaker Series Continues

Summer Speaker Series - John Boessenecker

(posted: June 17, 2014)

John Boessenecker, author of Bandido: The Life and Times of TiburcioVasequez will shed some light on the myths and legends that surround one of the most infamous bandits in California history.

April 2014 Raptor/Closures Update

(posted: April 30, 2014)

Climbers in general have been doing a great job of adhering to the advisories. Hikers have been seen occasionally hiking in advisory areas at Hawkins and Scout Peak but disturbance to falcons has not been documented.

FREE Park Admission

(posted: April 18, 2014)

National Park Week starts with free admission this weekend to all 401 of America's National Parks

Junior Ranger Day

(posted: April 17, 2014)

Learn about birds and other fun activities in America's Newest National Park. Two special programs will be held to celebrate our national park junior rangers.

2104 Raptor / Closures Update

(posted: March 15, 2014)

Two peregrine falcon (PEFA) pairs - one that nested last year for the ninth consecutive year at Hawkins and another that occupied the Balconies area for the first time in 50 years...

Help The Park Monitor Condors

(posted: February 24, 2014)

We are looking for long-term volunteers that can commit to a minimum of 2 survey days per month on Weekends

First Raptor Report of 2014

(posted: January 22, 2014)

In general, PRFA activity this season seems to be proceeding normally in regards to annual occupancy and courtship schedules.

News from 2013Top of Page

Pinnacles Partnership Fundraising Drive

(posted: December 05, 2013)

Funds raised during this fundraising drive will support education, resource stewardship, and enhanced visitor experiences at Pinnacles National Park.

Government Shutdown Closes Park

(posted: October 02, 2013)

As of Oct 1, all National Parks are closed until further notice.

2013 Trail Maintenance Celebration

(posted: September 28, 2013)

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Protect the Pinnacles From Extreme Oil

(posted: September 07, 2013)

Join the Center for Biological Diversity on Saturday, Sept. 21 to help stop risky oil development around Pinnacles National Park.

August - Summer Speaker Series

(posted: July 30, 2013)

The month of August focuses on Climate Change and Sustainability.

GMP (General Management Plan) Approved!

(posted: July 30, 2013)

Pinnacles NP will focus on ways to connect diverse audiences and resources, to acknowledge the interrelationship between natural and cultural values, and to protect, preserve, and restore ecological communities and processes.

Climbing Closures & Raptor Update

(posted: July 05, 2013)

...the 2013 breeding season has been the most productive on record for PRFA, with 10 nests successfully fledging 43 young.

2013 Summer Speaker Series

(posted: June 30, 2013)

Join us for the second annual summer speaker series at Pinnacles National Park!

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

(posted: May 01, 2013)

Pinnacles will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with morning bird walks, bird-themed programs, and several family-oriented activities.

Park Opens Select Climbing Formations Early

(posted: April 23, 2013)

The Park, under the advice of Gavin Emmons (Raptor Biologist), has graciously opened several climbing formations early this year.

March/April Raptor Update

(posted: April 13, 2013)

In general, falcon activity this season seems to be proceeding on schedule in regards to annual nesting schedules. The most unusual observations have been of a PEFA pair at Crowley Towers, and PRFA pairs at both North Chalone Peak and NE Section 15 (the

Raptor Update for Feb 2013

(posted: March 12, 2013)

Here is an update as to the status of raptors at Pinnacles for the past month.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band receives the Hartzog Award

(posted: February 28, 2013)

Tribal volunteers collaborated with the park and the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley to conduct two research projects.

Pinnacles NATIONAL Park

(posted: February 06, 2013)

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First Raptor Report of 2013

(posted: January 23, 2013)

A raptor status update from raptor biologist Gavin Emmons

2013 Climbing Closures In Effect

(posted: January 23, 2013)

Official climbing closues went into effect on January 22nd.

Send Your GMP Feedback, NOW!

(posted: January 01, 2013)

As a member or fan of Friends of Pinnacles you have already demonstrated an active concern for the future of climbing at the Park, so do your part. There are only a handful of days left to give the Park your feedback regarding the plan.

News from 2012Top of Page

Latest GMP Released for Review

(posted: November 05, 2012)

...before the GMP/EA can be completed, it is important that we receive comments on this draft. Please take the time to review the draft and provide us with any comments you may have.

Public Meetings for GMP Review

(posted: October 31, 2012)

Pinnacles National Monument is hosting public meetings and community events to present its Draft General Management Plan and to seek input.

Speaker Series Final Month

(posted: October 13, 2012)

Please join us for the brand new speaker series at Pinnacles National Monument. The Speaker Series concludes this month.

Traffic Delays on Park Road

(posted: September 28, 2012)

Construction improvements on the park roads will cause minor traffic delays during the week of Oct 1st. Normal access will return for the weekend.

Speaker Series: Wildlife of Pinnacles

(posted: September 26, 2012)

The Month of September focuses on the Wildlife of Pinnacles and Central California.

Traffic Delays: Sept 17/18/19

(posted: September 15, 2012)

Construction on the park road on the west side will cause traffic delays of 30-60 minutes.

LEED Platinum Rating for New Visitor Station

(posted: September 15, 2012)

The Pinnacles National Monument West Side Visitor Center has received the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Speaker Series for September

(posted: September 11, 2012)

Join us for one or more of these FREE presentations in September

New Climbing/Hiking Guide Listings

(posted: September 04, 2012)

Are you looking for a climbing or hiking guide for the Pinnacles?

2012 Speaker Series: Slithery Snakes

(posted: August 30, 2012)

Join Park Ranger Jennifer, of Pinnacles National Monument, as she explores the many challenges that snakes face in their bid for survival.

Summer Series Continues

(posted: August 25, 2012)

The Month of August focuses on the People of Central California.

Summer Speaker Series Continues

(posted: August 13, 2012)

Please join us for the brand new speaker series at Pinnacles National Monument being held at the Soledad library the first Saturday of each month and the new Visitor Contact Station in the park for the second, third and fourth. The Speaker Series will con

Announcing Park Speakers Series

(posted: July 31, 2012)

Please join us for the brand new Speaker Series at Pinnacles National Monument being held at the Soledad library the first Saturday of each month and the new Visitor Contact Station in the park for the second, third and fourth.

All Closures Lifted for 2012

(posted: July 02, 2012)

Rock formations subject to advisory closures to rock climbing and off-trail hiking for protecting nesting falcons and eagles have reopened.

Raptor Update for Apr/May

(posted: May 30, 2012)

In total, forty-six raptor nests representing 11 species have been confirmed at Pinnacles so far this season.

Cllimbing Advisories Update

(posted: April 16, 2012)

Please note that climbing and hiking advisories are in effect, and have been updated for April 2012. Raptor advisory signs have been placed at Hawkins, Scout, Balconies, and Little Pinnacles, to protect these sensitive species from the pressures of hiking

Special Ranger Programs This Weekend (Apr 14-15)

(posted: April 09, 2012)

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New Visitor Station Dedication, April 11th

(posted: April 05, 2012)

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Raptor Monitoring Update - Feb 2012

(posted: March 10, 2012)

Prairie falcons (PRFA) and the Hawkins peregrine falcon (PEFA) pair are engaging in courtship displays and inspecting potential nest sites.

West Side Visitor Station is Now Open

(posted: January 13, 2012)

The new Visitor Contact Station in Pinnacles National Monument, on the west side, is now open.

Fee Free Weekend Features Family Junior Ranger Day

(posted: January 13, 2012)

This Saturday, January 14th join a ranger for a Junior Ranger Program the whole family can enjoy.

News from 2011Top of Page

Man Rescued After Being Pinned Under Boulder

(posted: December 08, 2011)

On a sunny day perfect for hiking and climbing, rangers at Pinnacles National Monument were informed that a climber was pinned under a boulder and in need of assistance.

FOP Member Assists in Rescue Operation

(posted: December 08, 2011)

A huge boulder rolled on top of a hiker in the Pinnacles National Monument on Monday, trapping him for about two hours before he was freed and flown to a Bay Area trauma center.

West Side Visitor Station Nears Completion

(posted: December 07, 2011)

The new West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station at Pinnacles National Monument is slated for completion just after the new year.

Prescribed Fire Studies Planned

(posted: November 25, 2011)

Pinnacles National Monument is planning to conduct a small prescribed fire during the week after Thanksgiving as part of an interagency research project to learn about the traditional use of fire in central California.

West Side Transition To New Location

(posted: November 18, 2011)

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, from10:00AM - 5:00PM, beginning at the west entrance to the Pinnacles, Chaparral Road will be closed as the road is repaved and heavy construction equipment will be present.

Condor Comeback 2011

(posted: August 27, 2011)

The public is invited to attend Condor Comeback 2011 on Saturday, September 24 at Pinnacles National Monument. Up to two young California condors will be released for their first flight into the wild during the release celebration.

National Trails Day This Weekend

(posted: June 02, 2011)

Show your support for Pinnacles. Saturday, June 4th is National Trails Day and it's not too late to volunteer.

Closure of Bear Gulch Cave

(posted: May 17, 2011)

The upper and lower Bear Gulch cave will be entirely closed from May 15th through July 15th to allow Townsend Big Eared Bats to raise their young.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! National Trails Day

(posted: May 16, 2011)

If you missed the last Volunteer Trail Work Day, here's your opportunity to show your support.

Trail Work Day - Success!

(posted: April 28, 2011)

Volunteers and rangers worked together to make the first Pinnacles Trail Work Day a success!

Details for April 23rd Trail Work Day

(posted: April 17, 2011)

The meeting location has been finalized. We will be meeting at the Park Trails Shop.

Condor Egg Hatches in Pinnacles

(posted: April 03, 2011)

Biologists have verified the hatching of a condor egg inside Pinnacles National Monument. As expected, adult male condor #318 and adult female #317 are currently taking turns tending to the young nestling.

Upcoming Trail Work - Volunteers Needed

(posted: March 31, 2011)

The Park needs volunteers for upcoming trail work on Sat, April 23rd.

West Side Visitor Center Construction

(posted: March 21, 2011)

Motorists on State Highway 146 from Soledad to the west side of Pinnacles National Monument may experience an increase in traffic while equipment and supplies are delivered to the project site.

Opening of Bear Gulch Cave

(posted: March 14, 2011)

The Bear Gulch Cave at Pinnacles National Monument will be completely open for the month of March

2011 Climbing Advisories Starting

(posted: January 13, 2011)

Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be reinstated as of January 18, 2011, according to Park Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn.

2011 Closure Update

(posted: January 10, 2011)

...this year the advisories will go into effect on Tuesday, January 18th...

News from 2010Top of Page

Construction Begins on New Visitor Center

(posted: December 01, 2010)

The construction of the new West Side Visitor Center and Operation Facilities will actively begin on-site work starting the week of December 6, 2010.

Scout Peak Outhouse Closure

(posted: October 27, 2010)

From Nov 3rd to 5th, the Scout Peak outhouse on the High Peaks trail, will be periodically closed for up to 20 minute intervals for maintenance and cleaning.

Tourist Trap Restoration Completed

(posted: August 23, 2010)

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Volunteers Wanted

(posted: July 26, 2010)

The Park is seeking volunteers for upcoming trail work.

Tourist Trap Closure

(posted: July 01, 2010)

The Tourist Trap formation on the East Side of Pinnacles is closed until the end of July for restoration.

Climbing Closures Update

(posted: June 02, 2010)

Closures for several areas have been lifted including the emergency closure for Resurrection Wall

Prescribed Burn Plans for June and Fall

(posted: June 01, 2010)

Fire Management staff at Pinnacles National Monument plan to burn 10 acres in the previously burned Entrance Meadow the week of June 13 and an additional 5 acres in McCabe Canyon later this fall, if weather conditions allow.

Condor Chick Evacuated due to Lead Exposure

(posted: May 14, 2010)

Condor biologists at Pinnacles National Monument and Ventana Wildlife Society tracking the health of a wild condor nestling (chick) in the park discovered last week that the bird had extremely high levels of lead in its blood

First Condor Chick Hatches at Pinnacles in Over 100 Years

(posted: April 06, 2010)

Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the successful hatching of a condor egg inside the monument. The young nestling is the first California condor known to hatch in the monument in over 100 years.

Emergency Closure Announced

(posted: April 05, 2010)

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Park Opens Nexus/Sexus Area Early

(posted: March 26, 2010)

The Park Service has decided to open several areas normally on the closures list including Nexus/Sexus

Latest 'New' Routes List

(posted: March 24, 2010)

Brad Young (guidebook author) has published his most recent list of NEW routes since the release of the latest guide.

Spring 2010 Artist in Residence Program

(posted: January 28, 2010)

Pinnacles is pleased to announce that the park is accepting applications for the spring 2010 Artist Residency

Condor Partnership Takes Flight

(posted: January 17, 2010)

Two of the world's largest and most endangered birds will benefit from a sister park agreement signed today by the directors of the National Park Service and Argentina's Administracion de Parques Nacionales. This formal partnership will strengthen condor

Rebolting Report - Adam's Apple

(posted: January 10, 2010)

FOP's latest rebolting effort targets Adam's Apple. Here's the full field report.

Climbing Advisories Going Into Effect

(posted: January 07, 2010)

Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument will be reinstated as of January 14

News from 2009Top of Page

Condor Dies of Lead Poisoning

(posted: December 08, 2009)

The adult female of the only breeding pair of California Condors in San Benito County was recently rushed to the Los Angeles Zoo for emergency treatment...

Park Assists Stranded Climbers

(posted: November 21, 2009)

...park staff assisted two male climbers, from the San Jose area, off of a climbing route after they had become stranded due to nightfall.

Climber Registration Logs Relocated

(posted: November 03, 2009)

The voluntary climber registration logs and boxes on the west side of Pinnacles National Monument have been relocated.

Wild Raised Condor Chick Takes Flight

(posted: November 03, 2009)

The first condor hatched in this Central California county in at least 70 years, recently took his first flight.

Witness California Condors First Flight

(posted: September 23, 2009)

On Saturday, September 26, up to 2 California condors will be released into the wild at Pinnacles National Monument, 80 miles south of San Jose. The public is invited to attend.

Free National Parks Films

(posted: September 01, 2009)

The public is encouraged to attend a free preview of the companion film to the upcoming PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea

West Side Reopens

(posted: September 01, 2009)

...it is safe for visitors and staff to renter the areas that were temporary closed.

West Side Closed Due To Fire

(posted: August 29, 2009)

On Friday, August 28, Superintendent Eric Brunnemann closed the park's west side and all backcountry trails to regular staff and all visitors.

Summit Registry Project

(posted: July 08, 2009)

Entries from the North Finger Summit Register have been posted.

Climbing Areas Reopen

(posted: July 08, 2009)

Rock formations subject to advisory closures to rock climbing and off-trail hiking for protecting nesting falcons and eagles will reopen Friday, July 10.

New Raptor Research

(posted: May 25, 2009)

New raptor research is being conducted at Pinnacles national Monument in cooperation with experts from Sacramento State University.

Latest Raptor Report

(posted: May 11, 2009)

11 Prarie Falcon Pairs and One Peregrine Falcon Pair with Confirmed Nests

First Condor Nest in Over 70 Years

(posted: April 27, 2009)

Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the first California condor nest in San Benito County since before a reestablishment effort began there in 2003.

2009 Rockpile Rendezvous Wrap Up

(posted: April 08, 2009)

A good time was had by all at this year's Rockpile Rendezvous.

Important Closure Update (Discovery Wall)

(posted: March 16, 2009)

Park Officials asking for climber cooperation with NEW closures

2009 Raptor Nesting Update

(posted: January 30, 2009)

Prairie falcons (PRFA) have returned to Pinnacles and are establishing territories and engaging in courtship displays.

Pinnacles Turns 101

(posted: January 14, 2009)

On Friday, January 16, 2009, Pinnacles National Monument transitions to its second 100 years

News from 2008Top of Page

General Management Plan Update

(posted: November 19, 2008)

Climbers, hikers, birders - the Park Service needs your feedback

Rain Cancels Condor Release

(posted: October 31, 2008)

Due to the series of storms predicted to hit central California over the next several days, Pinnacles will not attempt to release two juvenile California condors on Saturday, November 1st, as previously planned.

(posted: October 27, 2008)

Condor release schedule detailing the event

Witness First Flight of Juvenile California Condors

(posted: October 22, 2008)

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Weakened Condor is Rushed for Treatment

(posted: September 06, 2008)

A subadult California condor was captured today along the Big Sur coastline and found to be in very weakened and debilitated physical condition.

General Management Plan Meetings

(posted: August 01, 2008)

Pinnacles National Monument is hosting public meetings to solicit input about the park's new general management plan (GMP) Alternatives

Prescribed Burns Delayed

(posted: June 17, 2008)

The Park's plan to burn 150 acres along the newly acquired bottomlands has been delayed due to wildfires

Special Guests at Rockpile Rendezvous

(posted: June 03, 2008)

Tom Higgins & Brad Young to conduct Walk & Talk at Rockpile Rendezvous

Rockpile Rendezvous

(posted: May 29, 2008)

The Pinnacles Rockpile Rendezvous is Next Weekend

Homesteaderís Celebration Weekend

(posted: May 08, 2008)

Pinnacles National Monument is hosting a Homesteader's Celebration on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2008

Climbing Closures Updated

(posted: May 05, 2008)

Pinnacles is slowly re-opening several climbing areas

Pinnacles Hosts Rockpile Rendezvous

(posted: May 01, 2008)

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Climbing Closures Update

(posted: February 22, 2008)

New routes added to Closures List

Climbing Advisories In Effect

(posted: January 17, 2008)

Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument are in effect.

Pinnacles Centennial Rededication Ceremony

(posted: January 11, 2008)

Pinnacles National Monument will begin its yearlong Centennial Celebration on January 16th, 2008 with a Rededication Ceremony.

News from 2007Top of Page

Community Outreach Update

(posted: November 02, 2007)

Fun was had by all at Pinnacles Outreach Event

Pinnacles Climbing Guide Released

(posted: October 21, 2007)

After waiting over 10 years, the new Pinnacles Climbing Guide is here - and it was worth the wait.

New Pinnacles Visitor Center

(posted: October 17, 2007)

Beginning October 17, 2007, Pinnacles east side Visitor Center operations will move to the monument's campground store.

End of Season Raptor Report

(posted: September 21, 2007)

The Park Service has posted a summary of the 2007 raptor season

Condors Have Highest Recorded Lead Levels

(posted: August 15, 2007)

Tests revealed that nearly half of the 17 tested condors had elevated lead levels ... indicating lead poisoning

Centennial Celebration

(posted: August 15, 2007)

Pinnacles National Monument is Celebrating Its Centennial

Climbing Areas Reopen

(posted: August 03, 2007)

Rock formations subject to advisory closures to rock climbing and off-trail hiking have reopened.

FOP Adds Online Trip Reports

(posted: June 27, 2007)

Send us your Pinnacles Trip Report and we will put it online.

Help Us Preserve Climbing At Pinnacles

(posted: May 08, 2007)

The Park is 'scoping' the latest Park Management Plan. Help FOP preserve climbing at Pinnacles National Monument by sending your feedback to the Park.

Two California Condors Take First Free Flight

(posted: April 27, 2007)

Tuesday, April 24, two California condors took their first flight to freedom at Pinnacles National Monument.

Pinnacles Awarded Junior Ranger Ambassadors Grant

(posted: April 27, 2007)

The National Park Foundation awards Pinnacles National Monument with a grant to create and enhance Park Junior Ranger Programs

Celebrate National Park Week

(posted: April 21, 2007)

Join Pinnacles National Monument in celebrating National Park Week through a series of programs and events.

More Condors Will Fly Free at Pinnacles

(posted: April 10, 2007)

On Saturday, April 21, up to three California condors will be released into the wild at Pinnacles National Monument

Entrance Fee Increase Proposal

(posted: March 30, 2007)

Proposed Entrance Fee Increase

2007 Condor Release

(posted: March 01, 2007)

We are proud to announce that we will be welcoming the public to attend a California condor release on Saturday, April 21, 2007.

Raptor Monitoring/Climbing Closures Update

(posted: March 01, 2007)

All the latest raptor and closure information from Gavin Emmons

Monument in Planning for the Next Century

(posted: February 16, 2007)

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input for a new general management plan (GMP) for Pinnacles National Monument.

Climbing Advisories Are In Effect

(posted: January 18, 2007)

Annual measures to protect nesting raptors of Pinnacles National Monument are in effect as of January 12th, 2007.

News from 2006Top of Page

Pinnacles Partnership Program Launch

(posted: December 13, 2006)

Pinnacles Partnership is a new not-for-profit organization that supports priority projects within Pinnacles National Monument.

Machete Ridge Rescue Update

(posted: November 04, 2006)

This incident emphasizes the need for self-rescue skills...

Upper Bear Gulch Cave ReOpens

(posted: October 25, 2006)

The Bear Gulch Cave at Pinnacles National Monument will be completely open for the last seven days of October, October 25-31, 2006

Temporary Road Closure

(posted: October 16, 2006)

Some park roads, on the east side of Pinnacles National Monument, will be partially closed on Wednesday, October 18 through Friday, October 20 for road maintenance

Climber Rescue

(posted: September 20, 2006)

No one was injured during this incident. However, the outcome could have been tragically different.

Bear Gulch Cave Closed

(posted: September 15, 2006)

Pinnacles National Monument has closed the Bear Gulch Cave because of an uncharacteristic movement by a maternity colony of Townsend's big-eared bats.

5000 Acres Targeted for Development

(posted: August 28, 2006)

FOP is monitoring talks concerning the potential development of 5000 Acres of Pinnacles Land

Raptor Update - July 2006

(posted: July 18, 2006)

June/July Raptor Monitoring Update

New Waste Displosal Option

(posted: July 14, 2006)

...bag within a bag design safely contains and neutralizes human waste.

The Future of the California Condor

(posted: July 13, 2006)

Pinnacles National Monument invites the public to a series of Community Forums to discuss how we can work together to help the California condor survive in the wild.

Lead Found in Condor

(posted: July 13, 2006)

Biologists alarmed to find dangerously elevated blood lead levels in condor.

Possible Condor Poisoning

(posted: June 19, 2006)

Biologists were alarmed to observe as many as 11 endangered California condors feeding outside the monument on rodents that had been shot with lead ammunition...

Raptor Nesting Report

(posted: June 08, 2006)

The Park Service is sharing its current Raptor Report with us and it is VERY exciting.

Connecting Parks and Communities

(posted: May 12, 2006)

A Note from The Park Service - Celebration Planning Events

Gear Found on West Side

(posted: April 22, 2006)

Gear found on West Side

Ranchland to Parkland

(posted: April 17, 2006)

Ranchland to Parkland Transition Complete

2006 Closures Now In Effect

(posted: January 14, 2006)

2006 Climbing advisories/closures went into effect on Jan 13th this year.

News from 2005Top of Page

Call to All Climbers

(posted: December 12, 2005)

The Park Service needs your voice

More California Condors Fly Free at Pinnacles

(posted: September 06, 2005)

The public is invited to attend the latest Condor release on September 17

New ParkSuperintendent

(posted: August 01, 2005)

Eric Brunnemann has been selected as superintendent of Pinnacles National Monument in Paicines, California.

Climbing Restrictions Lifted

(posted: July 12, 2005)

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International Migratory Bird Day

(posted: May 03, 2005)

Celebrate the incredible journeys of migratory birds at Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles Earth Day Celebrations

(posted: April 13, 2005)

Pinnacles National Monument will be celebrating National Park Week and Earth Day with a weekend of activities

Peregrines Return To Pinnacles

(posted: April 07, 2005)

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Summit Registry Preservation

(posted: March 20, 2005)

Friends Of Pinnacles is Announcing Step One of its Summit Registry Preservation Program

Bear Gulch Cave Opens

(posted: March 05, 2005)

The Bear Gulch Cave at Pinnacles National Monument will be completely open for the month of March.

Base Jumpers Violate Closures

(posted: February 18, 2005)

3 base jumpers leapt from the Balconies, violating raptor and ecological closures.

24 Hour West Side Exit Option

(posted: February 04, 2005)

Automatic gate provides 24 hour access to the West Side

Land Aquisition

(posted: February 04, 2005)

Pinnacles has acquired the land held by Pinnacles Ranch

News from 2004Top of Page

Single Visitor Fee Increase

(posted: December 30, 2004)

Fee increase for motorcycle, bicycle and walk-in visitors effective Jan 1st, 2005

Bear Gulch Cave Remains Open

(posted: October 23, 2004)

Entire cave open through Halloween

More Condors at Pinnacles National Monument

(posted: October 07, 2004)

More Condors Fly Free at Pinnacles

West Nile At Pinnacles

(posted: September 24, 2004)

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Peregrine Pair Returns to Pinnacles

(posted: August 10, 2004)

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Wilderness Month at Pinnacles

(posted: August 09, 2004)

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Climbing Restrictions Lifted

(posted: June 28, 2004)

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Summer Programs

(posted: June 11, 2004)

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Night Hike

(posted: May 21, 2004)

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Bird Day Programs

(posted: May 05, 2004)

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2004 Closures Update

(posted: April 15, 2004)

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Climbing Accident on Discovery Wall

(posted: April 15, 2004)

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After Hours Park Access

(posted: April 15, 2004)

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Climber's Condor Warning

(posted: March 24, 2004)

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Opening of the Bear Gulch Cave

(posted: March 10, 2004)

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Weekend Shuttle Service

(posted: March 03, 2004)

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Climbing Closures

(posted: January 10, 2004)

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News from 2003Top of Page

Passing of Ranger Andrew Artz

(posted: September 26, 2003)

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2003 CLIMBING ADVISORIES

(posted: January 16, 2003)

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News from 2002Top of Page

YMCA Adds Indoor Climbing Wall

(posted: December 12, 2002)

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Re-opening of Bear Gulch Cave

(posted: December 10, 2002)

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Chalone Creek Area Construction

(posted: November 15, 2002)

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Heat Related Fatality

(posted: October 01, 2002)

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Climbing Registry at Pinnacles

(posted: August 28, 2002)

 Help the climbing community by helping the Park.

Galen Rowell Dies in Plane Crash

(posted: August 13, 2002)

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Fee Free Day at the Park

(posted: August 10, 2002)

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Climbing Areas Reopen

(posted: July 04, 2002)

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Chalone Creek Restoration

(posted: June 05, 2002)

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Condor Assessment Ready For Review

(posted: May 31, 2002)

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Pinnacles On The Radio

(posted: May 02, 2002)

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Shuttle Update

(posted: April 23, 2002)

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Mountain Lion Encounter

(posted: April 15, 2002)

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New FOP Web Site

(posted: April 15, 2002)

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New Shuttle Service

(posted: February 01, 2002)

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News from 2001Top of Page

Climbing Accident

(posted: May 01, 2001)

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Hiker Rescued

(posted: April 01, 2001)

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Titanium Bolts

(posted: March 01, 2001)

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News from 2000Top of Page

Climber Dies

(posted: July 28, 2000)

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Climbing Accident

(posted: July 22, 2000)

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A Fond Farewell

(posted: March 07, 2000)

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Drug Arrest

(posted: March 04, 2000)

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Park Expansion Signed

(posted: January 12, 2000)

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News from 1999Top of Page

Parks Expansion Urged

(posted: December 13, 1999)

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December Park Closure

(posted: December 01, 1999)

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Proposed Park Expansion

(posted: October 07, 1999)

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Chief Ranger Retires

(posted: July 08, 1999)

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New Bridge Construction

(posted: May 26, 1999)

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Climbers Rescued

(posted: March 08, 1999)

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Castle Rock General Plan

(posted: March 01, 1999)

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Message From The Superintendent

(posted: January 26, 1999)

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News from 1998Top of Page

Management Plan Meetings

(posted: December 01, 1998)

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FOP Back On-line

(posted: November 14, 1998)

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Management Plan Meetings

(posted: November 01, 1998)

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FIRE Closes Monument!

(posted: July 01, 1998)

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