Although there are some crags that have had a decent amount of traffic, most of the buttresses will require a good cleaning before reasonable ascents are possible - In fact, one feature of Pinnacles might be that it requires more mental than physical ability!
West and East sides of the Monument DO NOT CONNECT by road. Hiking between the sides is perfectly possible, but make sure you check which side is closer to your selected crag beforehand (it's a 2 hr drive from one side to the other).
From the East entrance, most of the crags are accessible from the Upper Bear Gulch parking lot. This lot fills up fairly quickly, but the overflow lot is only 0.3 miles down hill. Other than Tourist Trap and Discovery Wall, expect a good hike to reach most of the other rock.
The West side walk in tends to be a little longer to reach the nearby rocks, but otherwise has none of the steep inclines to reach large further amounts of climbing.
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|Fair point Jim - rocktype updated. Just be wary that if you go to any of the lesser-traveled crags, there may be a substantial amount of crumbly rock.|
Pythonist - 26/Oct/11
|We had a great weekend at the monument, and found the rock great once you learn to trust it. Don't be put off - it's not 'crumbly rubbish'.|
Jim Gaffney - 26/Oct/11