Pinnacles National Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Budget Travelers
- 98%Family Travelers
- 74%Adventure Travelers
- 63%Green Travelers
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- Pinnacles National ParkMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 18, 2013
One of my favorite small national parks, Pinnacles is isolated by itself in the middle of California's Central Valley. It's known for its spiring rock formations, its caves that you can go spelunking in and also for being one of the few places in the state where you can still spot endangered California condors. Tip: don't come during the summer months of June to August, when it's unbearably hot and humid - so much so that it's difficult to even hike.Recommended for:
- Pinnacles National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 16, 2013
Wildlife! Flowers! Views! My husband and I did a day-trip in Pinnacles and it was fantastic. Driving in to the West Entrance we saw 2 Road Runners (beep beep!) on the hill near the road. In the park on the Juniper Canyon Trail leading to the High Peaks trail we saw a 3-foot-long Rattlesnake! It was safely off the trail and a young woman was trying to get a good photo of it. But I don't think I'd get my face 2-ft from a rattler's fangs like she was, even for a good shot. And to top it off, up on the tip top of the High Peaks Trail we were chatting with two fellows from the Condor Project when a California Condor flew directly towards us and landed on a rock spire just 30 feet over our heads. It was so close we could hear the flap of it's wings! Magnificent! We were there at the end of March and all the trailsides were full of blooming wildflowers in orange, purple, yellow, blue. A delight. That said, I'm glad we arrived early in the day since it was Spring Break and as the day went on the trails filled with exuberant and noisy folks enjoying nature.
Temperatures ranged from cool to warm and were perfect for a strenuous hike. Do read the park website information on what to bring (water!) and wear sturdy hiking shoes since the trail can be gravely in places. In general the trails were really well-maintained and even the highest trails were do-able even for me, and I have vertigo. (Hold on to the railing and look at your next foot fall.) At the time of writing this entry was only $5 and good for 2 weeks.Recommended for:
- Pinnacles National ParkMember ofBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversSep 28, 2012
Amazing park with great hiking and camping options. The park is famous for its dramatic rock formations - forming spires, caves and all sorts of strange outcroppings. The main campground here is clean, with lots of shade trees and enough space between sites that you get a sense of privacy. There are amazing hikes everywhere. I would especially recommend the hike to the reservoir from Bear Gulch - it is a short but challenging hike that takes you through spectacular canyons, over natural rock bridges and through caves before reaching your destination. About 1.4 miles round trip. Only downside is that because of its accessibility it can get a bit crowded. There are lots of amazing climbing routes along this trail.
There is also an amazing loop up condor gulch and around the rock spires on the top, giving sweeping aerial views of the park. There are a few different options here, the shortest of which is 5 miles with a lot of vertical gain. Pack a picnic and a lot of water and make a day of it.
There is a swimming pool at the visitors' center for very hot days. Great spot.
- Pinnacles National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
This is an amazing park with many great hiking trails. The one up to the reservoir is the best with or without kids. It is only about 1 1/2 hour hike return and you can climb through caves and amazing stone formations. Up at the reservoir it's very pretty too. Most of the hike is shady which is great for hot summer days. If you like rock climbing there are many great options! The campground nearby is in the woods and nice too.Recommended for:
Open Hours:The West entrance of Pinnacles National Park is open daily, from 7:30am to 8:00pm, Pacific Standard Time.