- Machete Ridge Opens for Climbing
(posted: Nov 08, 2020)
Machete Ridge closures have officially been lifted. All routes are open for climbing again.
West Side Entrance Reopening
posted: September 25, 2020
National Park Service News Release
Release Date: 9/24/2020
Contact: Blanca Alvarez Stransky
Pinnacles National Park Reopens West Entrance
Paicines, CA –The west entrance of Pinnacles National Park will reopen beginning Friday, September 25, 2020. All park trails remain closed except for the Bench and Sycamore trails due to high fire danger and the overloading of the national wildland fire response system. The trail closure includes the climbing areas accessed from the closed trails.
"We are continuing to take preemptive safety measures for the protection of our visitors, staff, and the resources in Pinnacle National Park. We are evaluating conditions daily and will reopen the remaining trails once safe conditions return," said Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky.
The west unit of the park located near Soledad, CA will be open starting Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. The Prewett Point Trail, an ADA trail on the west unit of the park, will also open on Friday. The remaining park trails are closed except for the Bench and Sycamore Trails and the ranch road through the Bacon Ranch on the east unit of the park.
The Pinnacles Parkway on the east side of the park is closed to vehicles beyond the Pinnacles Campground except for those displaying a valid handicapped parking permit and bicycles.
The temporary closure of the trails further into the park including the High Peaks area and will remain in effect until wildland fire conditions change. Updates will be posted on the website www.nps.gov/pinn and social media channels. In addition, entry fees continue to be waived at the park.
Pinnacles Campground (located on the east side) operated by the Pinnacles Recreation Company and the Pinnacles Bookstore remains open. Campers should expect increased demand for park campsites. Campsite reservations are highly recommended as first-come, first-served campsites are limited. Learn more at www.recreation.gov.