Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park


It should tell you something about Pinnacles National Monument that there is a bill to make it a national park. There are lots of national monuments but not many national parks. Pinnacles is off the beaten track, tucked behind the hills of King City, north of Paso Robles. An ancient volcano with beautiful red spires, caves to explore, and native California chapparal, Pinnacles is a great place for hiking and exploring. The best time to go is in the spring when the temperatures are more moderate and the wildflowers raise their colorful heads. The place to start is at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center to get your bearings and information on nearby trails.

The Balcony Trail is about three miles roundtrip through caves and the Balcony Cliffs and Machette Ridge. This is a good hike to start with and there are lots of views at various lookouts with plenty of places to stop and eat your bag lunch or just snooze in the sun.

The road in and out, Route 25, has what remains of California cattle ranching. The land here looks like what it would have during the Mission period. Take water, flashlights, hard hat, and go with a friend. Spelunking is not advisable at Pinnacles if you should go alone.
www.nps.gov.pinn/




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