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On Belay – Rock Climbing

March 19, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

All Discover Diablo hikes are subject to, and will honor, all applicable COVID-19–related restrictions in place for our area.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 14+ years old

Join us in Pinnacles National Park for some rock climbing! We will be climbing in the reservoir area on the eastern side of the park. We will travel through caves and catacombs until we reach the reservoir about a mile / mile and a half hike. From there we will setup some top ropes and climb. We will go over equipment instruction as well as coaching on a number of top rope climbs, and provide insight into the importance of climbing stewardship at both climbing areas and in outdoor recreation. Rock climbing is a very fun activity with great benefits.

Be sure to bring:

  • Snacks
  • Plenty of water
  • Mask
  • Sturdy shoes you are comfortable hiking in
  • MUST BRING: Rock-climbing shoes

SMD will provide harness, ropes, hardware necessary and instruction.

Heavy rain cancels.

Participants will be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).

***There will be a $30 park entrance fee  (exact change)

This event is limited to 8 participants.

Land: National Park Service

Rating: All Levels Welcomed

Distance: 2 mile hike in and out

Hike elevation change: 

Leaders: Sean Burke, Save Mount Diablo Land Programs Director

Meet: Eastern Entrance to Pinnacles National Park

Directions: Take Hwy 101 south through the city of Gilroy to Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25. Go through the town of Hollister and continue about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146. Turn left into the Pinnacles Campground to check in at the Pinnacles Visitor Center. From the campground, the Bear Gulch Area is 3.5 miles further into the park along Hwy 146.

For more directions, please visit the National Park website: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/directions.htm

(Photo by Sean Burke) 


When does registration open for this event?

Each Discover Diablo event opens up for registration exactly 2 months before the day of the event at 10AM. All events are first come, first serve.

 Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo hikes?

No. Some Discover Diablo hikes take place on land owned by other organizations (such as Mount Diablo State Park & East Bay Regional Park lands) and many of the trails on these properties have a strict no-dog policy. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. On the hike day, we will have a roster with your registration information on it. Please make sure to check in with the hike leader.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. If you would like to change anything, please contact Denise Castro at dcastro@savemountdiablo.org 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach Denise Castro, Outreach & Education Associate, at dcastro@savemountdiablo.org



March 19, 2022
7:00 am - 11:00 am


Pinnacles National Park – East Entrance
East Entrance Station
Paicines, CA 95043 United States

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