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On Belay – Rock Climbing

March 18 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us in Pinnacles National Park for some rock climbing!

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.

***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

A 5-minute hike will bring us to a crag called the Tourist Trap: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106067797/tourist-trap

Hike elevation change: 

Leaders: Sean Burke, Save Mount Diablo Land Programs Director

Meet: Moses Spring Parking AreaBear Gulch Staging area, out of the East Entrance)

GPS Coordinates: 36.520128536074594, -121.20809497276345

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 served.

Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo outings?

No. Some Discover Diablo outings 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?

Unless otherwise noted, 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 reach out to discoverdiablo@savemountdiablo.org.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at discoverdiablo@savemountdiablo.org.


March 18
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


Old Pinnacles Trailhead Parking
East Entrance Station
Paicines, CA 95043 United States

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