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Pinnacles National Park
updated: Dec 28, 2013, 9:21 AM

By Robert Bernstein

This week I was coming back from the Bay Area and stopped at the Pinnacles National Park for an enjoyable hike. I came in from the East side which is more out of the way for most travelers. I went through the Bear Gulch caves and up to Chalone Peak, the highest point in the Park.

The hike had an elevation gain of 2,000 feet and was eight miles round trip. That is near my usual comfort limit, but the trail is well maintained and the climb is fairly steady, so it was pleasant. And this trail also gives many views of the Pinnacle rock formations from different angles!

Santa Barbara travelers may want to know about the Pinnacles because it is a delightful break halfway between the Bay Area and Santa Barbara. A range of easy to strenuous hikes can be done depending on time and energy. Access to the West entrance from Highway 101 at Soledad is quite easy.

Here are my photos!


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