Pinnacles National Park reinstates hiking measures

The action aims to protect nesting raptors.

Information provided by Pinnacles National Park

pinnacles national park hiking measures reinstated on January 18 to protect nesting raptors.

Pinnacles said 12 pairs of prairie falcons and peregrine falcons produced a total of 40 fledglings last year and also had successful nesting by birds of prey, including kestrels. America, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, Cooper’s hawks, long-eared owls, barn owls and great horned owls.

Park rangers plan to continue monitoring raptors to better understand the birds.

“We ask that you refrain from all off-trail hiking and climbing in sensitive areas such as High Peaks, Balcony Cliff Area, Piedras Bonitas/Gargoyle Area, Resurrection Wall, Small Pinnacles Wall/ yaks and the rock/teapot. Dome areas,” Park Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky said. “Without your cooperation in avoiding the council areas, this program could not be the success that it is.”

The specific locations of these sensitive areas are posted on information boards at trailheads, at visitor centers, on the web at www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling 831-389-4486.

For more information regarding the park’s raptor monitoring program, please call the Office of Research and Resource Management at 831-389-4486 ext. 4279.