Firefighters escorted a man from Pennsylvania off the top of Morro Rock on Wednesday.
At about 1 p.m., the Morro Bay Fire Department received a call from a citizen reporting that there was a man on the rock. Fire Chief Steve Knuckles says he had apparently climbed up the south side of the rock and wasn't spotted until he was at the top.
It is illegal to climb Morro Rock. The rock is an ecological preserve for peregrine falcons and a site of cultural significance to Native Americans.
Chief Knuckles says the man received a ticket from State Parks that includes a fine, and he'll be charged about $2,000 for the fire department's response.
He was not injured and was able to hike back down with the firefighters.