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Pinnacles National Monument
Monument is not for the fainthearted. On the way to the area, you will
see gently rolling hills and spectacular lowland scenery, lulling you
into the sense that you are about to experience a gentle hike over soft
fields and hills.
so. Pinnacles National Monument lies just west of the San Andreas fault
and was formed some 23 million years ago when a volcano erupted. As if
the volcano weren’t enough, the area was then torn apart by the earth’s
shifting plates, leaving behind what you see today--a landscape that
looks like volcanic rock has exploded from the ground in an effort to
reach the sky, and has been frozen mid-way through its journey.
canyons, massive monoliths, spires, and passages define the landscape of
Pinnacles National Monument. These rock formations separate the east and
the west sides of the park. It is possible to hike from one side to the
other, but there is no road for vehicles. Pinnacles National Monument is
a walking, not a driving, experience.
wildflowers, hiking, and watching the rich diversity of wildlife are all
activities for Pinnacles National Monument. There are no concessions
within the park, so bring, and take back out, everything you need for
Monument is not pet-friendly.
Pets are not allowed on the trails, and with daytime
temperatures over 100? F in the summer, this is not the place to leave
your pet in your vehicle.
There are 30 miles
of trails in Pinnacles National Monument, which give you access to
magnificent views and unique geological formations. But be prepared.
Suitable clothing, lots of water, and sun protection are requirements
for hiking in Pinnacles National Monument.
Where to go – Pinnacles National
Monument is East of Soledad on highway 146.
What to do – Hiking, climbing, and
enjoying the spectacular nature of this unique place.
When to go – The park is open
throughout the year.
Before you go - Additional information
may be obtained by calling (831) 389-4485.
Pictures courtesy of
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau