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Pinnacles National Park

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Address: 5000 CA-Hwy 146, Main Entrance Is Off of Hwy-25, Paicines, CA 95043
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This natural site has spire-like rock formations reaching 1,200 feet high.

This natural site has spire-like rock formations reaching 1,200 feet high.

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Fascinating views of California Condors!

Newest National Park in America is a beautiful story of renewal of an Extinct wild monster-bird back to the wild rocky Pinnacles...soaring high on the natural updrafts. There are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Reedsport, Oregon
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Reedsport, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Newest National Park in America is a beautiful story of renewal of an Extinct wild monster-bird back to the wild rocky Pinnacles...soaring high on the natural updrafts. There are two approaches to the park, one from West and one on East. You cannot drive between them due to rocky pinnacles. The East side was excellent for viewing and hiking, and... More 

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Due to heavy rain, both caves were flooded during our visit, but along with all of that water came a very green and mossy wonderland with several seasonal waterfalls! We were very pleasantly surprised at the beauty of this place. I would definitely recommend visiting in the early spring while temperatures are cool for hikes. We did the Balconies Cliffs... More 

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Northfield, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We visited the park from the west entrance and so if you are entering from the east entrance just know that they don't connect by road through the park. This is not a problem unless you are planning to camp which is only possible on the east side. This is a pretty cool place. The pinnacles are dramatic and there... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Pinnacles National Park is the newest national park of the U.S. National Park system. It is a small national park and took us only 2 days during the weekend to stay and explore. The park's namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano. You can see the pinnacles along many trails available at the park.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I am on a quest to visit all 59 U.S. national parks, so naturally Pinnacles was on our bucket list. The weather was nice by Minnesota standards but cool for the local residents but sunny. We are hikers so we stopped at the visitor center & the ranger gave us an excellent hike plan for the day taking us along... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

pretty unique rock formation in CA if geology is your thing!! Get there early day so you have time to hike!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We drove from Oakland to Pinnacles National Park (1.5 hours) and hiked the larger loop (~9 miles) and drove to the Bear Gulch Cave trail entrance to hike to the Reservoir. The hike was beautiful, trails well marked, and rangers were helpful with Condor tips. Favorite parts of the hike were the steep and narrows and both caves (balconies and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We entered via the west entrance and had a great time hiking for 2 hours. Everything looked brand-new: the visitor center, bathrooms, etc. We enjoyed the video about the park.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Practical tips based on our experience here: - On popular days the parking lots fill up by mid-morning! We arrived after lunch at the east entrance and found the rangers stopping us from going past the campground. It's a long hike from there to the caves and the high peaks overlook, and the path is pretty close to the road.... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We've hiked this trail many times before but it is always a great experience. Since it has rained and is our winter we saw so much more moss covered things that gave it just a different coloring. It is not a difficult trail but is almost all uphill but when you get to the top its worth the trek. My... More 

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