The Pinnacles National Monument

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The Pinnacles National Monument Soledad Reviews

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Great scenic area for hiking. Apr 16, 2012
As one TravBuddy member but it back in 2007, “Pinnacles is the remains of an ancient volcano that once, millions and millions of years ago, stretched 8,000 feet into the sky. Tectonic forces pushed the volcano back into the earth, but erosion has now revealed its remains -- the odd, incongruent rock formations, jutting spires, red rock monoliths and dark, winding caves.” After check and doing a little research I found that the other side of the remains of this volcano is today located more than 200 miles away. Yes, the movement goes on today.

There are two separate and distinct sections of this monument and there is no way to drive from one side to the other without about a 70 mile drive, even though from roads end on both side it is only about two or three miles from each other. The east side is off of Hwy 25 and the west side in accessed from Hwy101 at Soledad to Hwy 146. On the west side it is day use only area and there are picnic and four trailheads. On the east side, you will find RV and tent camping spaces as well as six or seven trailheads a couple of which lead to caves which are not lit. Most of those 30 miles of trails are rated Moderate or Strenuous. Only the west side has a trail that is rated Easy to Moderate. Altogether there are over 16,000 acres covered by the National Monument.

The drive into the west area is a very nice and scenic and you will experience things here that are quite rare in California. Entry fee is quite inexpensive.
The brand new Visitor's Center
Some of the trees actually have mo…
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Africancrab says:
I need to get back into hiking. My body took a beating with this pregnancy. Nice review Roger.
Posted on: May 08, 2012
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