‪Pinnacles National Park‬

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Bill K
‪Mantorville‬, ‪Minnesota‬6,099 مساهمة
يونيو 2022
‪This was my 49th National Park, and as it turns out one of my favorites.

We loved the varied terrain, abundant wildlife, and ease of movement in this compact national park. We visited both the east and west sides of the park. They each have their pluses and minuses. Overall, you are missing out if you don't visit each side of the park.

Here are some of our general observations/recommendations:

The parking does fill up quickly (especially the east side), so arrive early or be willing to shuttle in.

The east side has more varied types of trails.

The west has a better view of the Pinnacles.

You need headlamps or flashlights for the caves and be prepared for rock scrambling and tight spaces. These are not finished trail caves.

Don't forget binoculars if you want great views of condors.

The road into the west side is one car wide for a mile or two. This can be nerve wracking for some...especially so if you are driving a bigger vehicle.‬
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Lorrie M
‪Gilroy‬, كاليفورنيا23 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • مارس 2022
‪This is a wonderful and unique place with great hiking trails. The campsite are close to one another and not as private as I’d like. Yet the hiking trails and views are to be appreciated. The caves are a treat as is the views of the small serene lake.‬
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UFPAGator
‪Jupiter‬, فلوريدا426 مساهمة
العائلة • يونيو 2022
‪Visited the park yesterday. It was an interesting park but on the smaller side. There is limited parking in the park so be prepared to take the shuttle. The shuttle service was super convenient and not a terribly long wait.‬
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Scott G
لوس أنجلوس, كاليفورنيا390 مساهمة
مايو 2022
‪My son and I explored the park over two days in mid May. I planned it so we drove up from Los Angeles to the west side of the park first to do one hike, then we drove around to stay on the east side that night. That way we could see both sides. There are more hotel options on the east side, which probably helps explain why it's more popular. It takes over an hour to drive from the west side to the east side, there is no road going right through the park (though you can hike from the west side to the east side)

It was about 3pm on a Sunday when we arrived and the west entrance parking was almost empty. On the west side, you see the pinnacles looming right from the parking lot, you get a nice view of them. And if you take the hiking trail that goes off to the right, you get amid some cool pinnacle formations within 10 minutes or so. That is not the case on the east side, where it seemed you have to hike in about half an hour or more just to get the same kind of view (or worse) of the Pinnacles as you do from the parking lot of the west side. (unless there’s a trial I don't know about) That's the main reason I like the west side better, it gets you amid the pinnacles much faster, and it seems to be less crowded. But most people do the east side since it’s more convenient.

At the west side we did the Balconies Cave Trail Loop (taking the trail left from the parking lot). It’s a great hike and the talus caves were the highlight of our trip. However there are very few pinnacles to be seen on this hike. I’m 53 and have sprained my ankle twice over the years and had no trouble in the caves. It only gets totally dark for one small stretch, and we brought headlights. The whole loop took about an hour-and-a-half, then as planned we drove around to stay on the east side.

The next morning we got to the east side entrance around 11AM. It was a Monday, mid May, and we had no trouble with parking at the very end of the west entrance road. The Bear Gulch caves were closed, both upper and lower, for bat nesting. It happens mid May through mid July. So we hiked up to the reservoir, which is pretty, then headed back down. The way we came down was steep and had switchbacks, I’m glad we didn't go up that way. I would recommend heading up to the reservoir whichever way goes closest to bear Gulch Caves, it wasn’t that steep. We hardly saw any actual pinnacles on this hike, they were pretty sparse. I kept joking that there weren’t many pinnacles in pinnacles. My son didn't think I was funny.

After heading back to the lot we took a quick break then started the Condor Gulch trail, which takes some effort even at the start. It was a hot day, about 85, and it was tiring, we stopped a lot. We finally made it to the official lookout, the last stop before it gets really steep apparently. I wish I could say my son and I were impressed with the view, but it seemed pretty tame and not worth the effort. Again, not the really picturesque part of the park. Apparently that’s what we would have seen had we continued up the steeper part, but we were both too hot and tired and had a 5 hour drive to our next stop, Lassen Park. The view of the pinnacles from the west entrance parking lot is, in my opinion, better than the view from the lookout on Condor Gulch trail.

As for condors, well, I’m not sure we saw any. I think maybe, from afar. Despite looking at a bird guide at the start I somehow managed to confuse all the vultures flying around for condors, doh. It was because like condors the buzzards have white patches on their wings, but the vultures’ white patches are on the back of their wings, the condors’ patches are on the front and are smaller. Do a bit of research before you come.

Overall my son and I had a great time! The talus caves were the highlights for us, but the whole area is pretty and was very empty in mid May. Great place!‬
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Janice M
7 مساهمات
أبريل 2022
‪Spacious campground with abundant wildlife and starry skies. Hiked Condor Gulch to Viewpoint and saw a low flying condor, awesome! Will come again, very relaxing three days, no crowds mid week.‬
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Geo L
5 مساهمات
أبريل 2022
‪I just returned from a visit to both the East and West sides. First advice is arrive early because peak season has started. I arrived at 8 am to both entrances and the park was nearly empty. By the time I left around 10 am, the lots were filling up.

Do your research and plan your visit. Bring plenty of food and water. Bring sufficient lighting if you are going to explore the caves. Binoculars or telephoto lens on camera is a must to see condors.

East side has a small store to buy food and accessories. The nature center and the visitor centers were closed.

I thought there were sufficient restroom facilities that were relatively clean. Though i suggest bringing your own paper goods just in case.

I would agree that parking is an issue past 10 am during peak season.

The caves were fun to explore. Pinnacles was darker and more difficult to explore. Pass on the caves if you don't like dark, cramped spaces.

Plenty of opportunity for great photos of the scenery.

The Bear Gulch reservoir was a nice place to stop, take in the scenery, search for the condors at the peaks, catch your breath and eat.

Some trails and parts of are rocky, uneven, rise and fall in elevation. After two years of work from home, I am out of shape and found myself out of breath on the Pinnacles trail. Read the trail descriptions on the National Park service website to see if you can handle the physical activity.

I spent a limited time in the park focusing on the caves and trails around the caves. I did not walk the longer trails.‬
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Grover R
‪Pensacola‬, فلوريدا15,275 مساهمة
مارس 2022
‪This is an incredibly national park that I can not say enough good about. Yes it is small, 26,000 acres, so every thing you want to do is close together and it is crowed on a Spring weekend. However, the diversity of experiences is amazing. There is rock climbing, cave exploring and a lake reservoir. However the highlight is a great hike into the volcanic pinnacles at the top of a Coastal Range mountain where you can have the most amazing experience with the largest bird in North American, the California Condor.

The 5+ mile loop hike has around 1,400 vertical feet including a wild walk in the rocks that takes you on the edge of a drop off. You get amazing view both east to more mountains and west to the Salinas Valley and towards the Pacific. However, the jaw-dropping view is not the highlight, instead it is an experience with one of the rarest animals in North American. Seeing the condors fly is amazing. I was so afraid we would not see them as the hike up only had turkey vultures. However, as we neared the top, I first saw one and then as many as 5 flying around us. The time we were able to watch them was priceless and one of the best experiences in any national park.

For me this was a lot like Guadalupe Mountains, great hiking park. While the mountain was not as high and the view not as good, the experience with the condors made it simply incredible. However, there was still the caves and reservoir as we hiked down. We did not get to do the entire caves as there were so many people. However, we did get to see how it felt to walk under rocks that form a talus cave. We also enjoyed the reservoir created by the CCC to bring water to be captured in the park. Finally we got to see the "Monolith" with all the rock climbers.

This is a great park with incredible experiences. You simply have to make time to see and you will be amazed. See the pictures and go have a wonderful time‬
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mini
فريمونت, كاليفورنيا161,920 مساهمة
فبراير 2022
‪We did a day visit to Pinnacles National Park. This is a nice park with good camping and picnic areas. There are numerous trails to hike. There is a visitor center and store open until 5:00.

They are improving some of their restroom and parking areas which is good to see.

We used our golden eagle pass to enter the park.‬
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Jack B
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الأصدقاء • مارس 2022
‪Great park, there is plenty to see and do and I’d definitely recommend to friends. I have previously visited before it was a National Park so it had been a long time.

We went on a Saturday in March to the East entrance and got there at 8 AM - the bear gulch lot (closest to the trails) was already full but we were able to park about a half mile from the trailheads. Just like others say, get there early.

What I loved:

- high peaks trail was excellent - it’s challenging, but not so challenging as to be undoable (2,000 ft elevation gains, about 5.5 miles) low amount of shade if you go counterclockwise so we were sure to hit that side earlier. You can catch the caves, reservoir, high steps, and pinnacle rocks on this loop. I felt like it gave us a good taste of the park.

- there is a lot to see -
we saw California Condors (all over the place), California quail, wildflowers, and of course the epic rock peaks themselves.

- Photography opportunities were plentiful -
Bring the telephoto and wide angle lenses or a good zoom, there is a lot to photograph. Wish I could have stayed for a sunset or been up for a sunrise.

- Temperature -
70 degrees and sunny, felt just right for a long hike. Broke a sweat but never felt heat exhaustion or like I needed to stop due to heat. That being said, this park would probably be unbearable in summer heat and I wouldn’t recommend it because there is not a ton of shade on over half of the high peaks route. I packed 2 L of water and ran out with about 2 miles to go. I’d bring more, especially if it is any hotter.

- Rock Climbing -
Didn’t get to go climbing this trip, but it was cool to see the climbers out there having fun. There were several spots to clip in, even at the top of high peaks trail. Very cool.

What I did not love:

- Parking situation is not great -
Be sure to get there early (7:00 am or earlier) if you have limited mobility or don’t want to walk a mile+ from the satellite lots. We left around 2:00 PM and there was a long line at the entrance because there was no parking. Really would not recommend coming in late as you might not even be able to get in.

- Facilities are dated and small -
Wildlife information center is tiny and cluttered. There is some cool stuff in there, but it is hard to take your time and look through everything when there are other people waiting. Visitor center seems adequate with the usual fixings. Restrooms were relatively clean, but there is only one restroom on the trail. No water on trails by the way. Only natural source is a stream near the parking lot so probably not worth relying on.

- Difficult to get into caves -
Throngs of people with a lot of kids pouring through made it hard to pass through the caves. They were pretty awesome and well worth the trip, but my group and I were not patient enough to wait for all the people. We wish we had hit the caves earlier in the day rather than at the end. Bring a flashlight (headlamp better) and watch your head. I slammed my head and ended up with a goose egg (doh). I put some photos up of the caves.

I didn’t use the campground so I can’t comment on those facilities, but I’m absolutely looking forward to coming back at some point.

Don’t come here expecting Yosemite or Grand Canyon level grandeur or facilities. Pinnacles does still seem like more of a state park in terms of facilities, but it is a wonderful spot to visit and you can get a pretty good idea of the park in just one day. The same can’t be said for any of the big boys!‬
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germinator
NoCal110 مساهمات
فبراير 2022
‪We visited on President's day weekend, a busy day.

The park is as gorgeous as ever, but the service provided by NPS is lousy.

The new toll booth design at the East entrance is a disaster. Only one lane for toll collection means at 9 AM there was already a 30 min. line just to pay toll.

Also, the fee per vehicle is a whopping $30, and they had only ONE shuttle working. This meant another long line. If services are reduced, so should the daily fee. We should not have to pay full price if we don't get full service.‬
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