Plan Your Visit


People come to Pinnacles to hike, rock climb, watch and study wildlife, view wildflowers, and experience nature. Pinnacles offers solitude, challenge, and escape from the urban interface of both the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.

Unlike many national parks, Pinnacles is most popular in the cooler months. During the spring, when the grasses are green and a variety of wildflowers can be seen along any trail, hiking is at its best. Fall and winter are also excellent times to visit.

During the summer, extreme temperatures can make hiking uncomfortable at best, and possibly dangerous for those who are unprepared.

Before you visit Pinnacles, please check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

Basic Information
Directions & Transportation
Eating and Sleeping
Things to do
Current Conditions
Keep Wildlife Wild
Top 10 Tips for Summer Visitors

We recommend hikers consume at least one liter of water / hour while hiking under any weather conditions.


For more trip planning tips for Pinnacles and the surrounding area visit our park partner Pinnacles National Park Foundation.

Last updated: May 27, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

5000 East Entrance Road
Paicines, CA 95043


831 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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