- COVID Update - Park Closed For Day Use
(posted: Mar 28, 2020)
As of Saturday, March 28, Pinnacles National Park will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. The Park will close to all day-use visitors and vehicular traffic.
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.