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  • Raptor Monitoring Update for May to June 2019

    The breeding raptor season is in full swing at Pinnacles National Park, with many species finishing up their nesting efforts. Here is an update on raptor activity through May and June.

Climbing Closures Update

"You all may remember that a partial advisory was in effect last year for Machete Ridge because a territorial falcon pair decided to nest there. Well, the prairie falcon pair is back at Machete this year, and is inspecting and focusing on the site that they used last year, so the partial advisory will now be reinstated for the season."

Due to this new information the Park is adding specific areas of Machete Ridge to the Advisory list. The following is a list of the Routes effected:

  • The West Face
  • Bill's Bad Bolts
  • Bill's Bad Bolts Direct Finish
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Pigeon Crack
  • Crackophobia
  • Son of Dawn Wall (2nd pitch and above)
  • Icarus

The Park Service appreciates the cooperation of climbers in respecting the nesting behaviors of these birds.


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