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Apr 25, 2017 - Hiking at Pinnacles

25 miles south of our campground is Pinnacles National Park... Most of the scenery requires some hiking. I took a fairly arduous 1 mile hike up the mountain... gained 1300 feet in elevation. I admit to some huffing and puffing going up... down was easier

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Sep 20, 2016 - High Peaks Trail

The High Peaks Loop Trail Tuesday, September 20th: Pinnacles Hiking Weather: 55F in the morning and a "cool" and gusty 95F in the afternoon Route: drove to the High Peaks Trailhead in Bear Gulch Day Area -> hiked the Condor Gulch Trail -> High Peaks Trail -> part of the Tunnel Trail to the tunnel and back up -> continuing counter-clockwise on the High Peaks Trail back to Bear Gulch Day Area With a 6-mile hike planned for today we were up early. So were the neighbours when Hubby accidentally set off the car alarm at 5:00! It was still dark...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Balconies & Caves

Balcony views and cool caves Monday, September 19th: Hike Balconies when it's cool and Caves when it's hot. Weather: a welcome 50F last night rising to 105F with light breezes (prediction was for 90s) Route: drove to the Old Pinnacles Trailhead; walked the Old Pinnacles Trail -> Balconies Cave Trail -> Balconies Cliff Trail -> Old Pinnacles Trail (~4.8 miles); drove to Moses Spring/High Peaks Trailhead; walked Moses Spring Trail -> Bear Gulch Cave Trail -> Reservoir -> Moses Spring Trail(~2.1 mile loop) With a prediction for a high in the...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Pinnacles National Park

Preserving a Moving Geology Although Pinnacles has only been a National Park since 2013 the geologic features it encompasses have been deemed worth protecting since 1908 when Pinnacles was designated as a National Monument. After 1908 the area of the National Monument grew as bits and pieces were acquired. What began as a 2500 acre protected area through Bear Valley is now a 26,000 acre area (16,000 of which is wilderness) preserving the valley, canyons, creeks and of course, the geology of the National Park. It is one of the few parks in...

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May 3, 2015 - Pinnacles - Ready Or Not...

Pinnacles National Park was elevated from National Monument status by President Obama in January of 2013. I have never heard anyone talk about visiting Pinnacles NP and I am sure that many of you reading this didn't know there was a Pinnacles National Park (or monument since 1908.) Yet, if you have ever driven up Highway 101 toward Monterey, you have passed one of America's newest National Parks! Thirty miles south of Hollister, CA between Hwy 101 and Interstate 5, Pinnacles NP is a small dot (26,000 acres) in Central California. It was...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Interesting drive to Pinnacle

We woke up to sunshine this morning and the quiet sounds of the garbage being collected – really, 7am? Most everybody was ready to leave about 9:30 but we couldn't get Rick to move because he was sticking to the 10am departure. We were last and followed Rick so the others had about a 10 minute head start but we eventually caught them – I guess they stopped because somebody was leaking water. This drive was the most interesting of the year – so far. Lots of ups and down and curves and narrow roads. Took us nearly three hours to drive the 80...

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2012 Explorations

Nov 9, 2010 - The Moses Spring and Rim Trails

The 2.2 mile loop trails are a good hiking choice for rock formations, talus caves, and the Bear Gulch Cave and the Bear Gulch Reservoir. We had perfect weather for this moderate hike. The Moses Spring Trail ascended through a shady deep-walled canyon, passing over giant boulders that form the Bear Gulch Cave. We hiked through a grotto of giant ferns and over-hanging ledges. We returned on the Rim Trail that runs along the upper edge of the canyon.

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Mar 13, 2010 - San Juan Bautista and the Pinnacles NP

Just up from our campground was the small town of San Juan Bautista. Native people called the Mutsun people used to live in the area. A village called Trahtrahk (place of many springs) stood on the present day San Juan Bautista. In 1797 Father Fermin Lasuen founded Mission San Juan Bautista. Named after Saint John the Baptist the mission was established to convert the local native people to the Spanish way of life including Christianity. After Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821 the mission was secularised-converted from church...

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Jan 10, 2008 - Pinnacles National Monument

This morning I'm headed to Pinnacles Monument. It should take me about 1 1/2 hours. Off I go to break down camp and get on the road. I don't know that I'll have any internet access there, so it may be another day or so before I post again. See you soon!

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