Guided Rock Climbing in Pinnacles National Park
Though it is America’s newest park, rock climbing in Pinnacles National Park is far from a new thing. The “Pinns”, as local climbers call them, are a concentration of rock towers varying from a few feet in height to over 1,000ft walls. These volcanic breccia formations that make up the Pinns were once the early proving grounds for many climbers training for the bigger walls of Yosemite and the world beyond. Guided rock climbing in Pinnacles National Park is an opportunity to climb the classic routes put up in the 1960’s and 1970s when “free” climbing was starting to take hold.
On the eastern side of the park, short approaches and proximity to the Bay Area make it an excellent location for our clinics and courses. A wide variety of climbing is found here making it an ideal spot for weekend private guided trips for groups and families as well.
Rock climbing in Pinnacles western flanks or High Peaks areas is a little more committing. These areas offer harder and more adventurous climbing more suitable for smaller guided parties. Take a try at the nine-pitch, 1,000ft classic Feather Canyon.
Learning to Rappel, Pinnacles National Park
Fall through Spring is the best time for rock climbing in Pinnacles. Temperatures at these times stay reasonably cool enough for the perfect climbing weather. During Summer, however, mid-day temperatures can soar into the 90s sending climbers towards that high country.
Classic Climbs of Pinnacles National Park:
Old Original, III 5.6
Portent, I 5.6
Rat Race, I 5.7
Condor Condiment, II 5.8
Feather Canyon, III 5.8
Liebacker’s Lullaby, II 5.8
The Wet Kiss, I 5.9
Love Line, II 5.10c
Remember, if you can’t find a date that works for you or you prefer a smaller group setting all of our courses and clinics can be instructed as Private Clinics at the same price for a group of 3 or more.
Other Pinnacles Adventures:
Located just East of Monterey, California and near the central coast wine country. Pinnacles National Park makes for a unique and spectacular getaway for anyone looking for an adventure. Beyond just tons of opportunities for climbing, Pinnacles is a unique home for good trail hiking, spectacular caving, and the National Park Services only condor release program.