nature trips

no dogs

kid friendly

wild flowers


rock climbing

trail running



Pinnacles National Monument is a protected mountainous area located east of central California's Salinas Valley. The Monument's namesakes are the eroded leftovers of half of an extinct volcano.The Monument is divided by the rock formations into East and West Divisions, connected by foot trails; there is no through road that connects the east end west entrances to the park. The east side has shade and water, the west has high walls. The rock formations provide for spectacular pinnacles that attract rock climbers. It is popular with advanced rock climbers due to the many difficult and challenging climbs. The Monument is most often visited in spring or fall because of the intense heat during the summer months.

I wanted to go on a longer hike, but drive up there was longer than I expected. The caves were pretty awesome and Reservoir was beautiful.

4 days ago

Great hike with awesome views! I did this in the counterclockwise direction. The high peaks section is beautiful and the cut outs in the rock are a fun addition. It’s definitely a moderate hike, though.

Lots of great views, awesome trail through caves and narrow passages. There's a waterfall with stairs inside of the Canyon, in the heat of the summer it's nice and cool there. There are some toads in the waterways butter on the endangered species list. It's a really great place to enjoy with the family. There's tent camping, RV parking; along with a general store.

What a great trail! Alot of uphill but well worth the effort!

Worth the effort!
Great views from the top!!!

Did this hike today, highly recommended, love the scenery and caves

trail running
23 days ago

started at Chaparral parking lot and ran up to high peaks via Juniper Canyon. Then made my way down and up ro North Chalone Peak. After a rest went on to South Chalone Peak. trails are in excellent condition. Made my way back and down to Bear Gulch and up to Condor Canyon. Finally went back down via high peaks trail. 19 mile with over 5,400ft of elevation gain. Just beautiful!

Great trail. The steep and narrow portion is fun. Condors perching and flying. Hike early as very little shade. We finished at 11 am and park rangers were already discouraging individuals from starting the trail at that time because of the heat even thought it was October.

1 month ago