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Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles National 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.  

Not 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. 

Sheer-walled 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. 

Rock climbing, 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 your visit. 

Pinnacles National 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

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