Garlock/Trona Pinnacles

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Garlock/Trona Pinnacles is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trona, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

hiking

off road driving

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

off road driving
1 month ago

Experiencing The Pinnacles: The Pinnacles are very fascinating from afar, to see the peaks in the distance is to be in awe... but much like B Lustmord states, the hikes around the pinnacles are definitely not as special. They are best experienced from a distance, where you can take them all in... Though I bet to be there at sunrise or sunset is an amazing experience!

Wildlife: We saw a bunch of zebra-tailed lizards on the drive up to the pinnacles, and a few on the pinnacles themselves. They were so fast! And very pretty... light coloration on their ribs, and zebra stripes on their tail. Very neat. When you leave, you end up noticing there are other tufa pinnacles off the sides of the main highway in fields, though they are much more sparse.

The Hike(s): Nothing is clearly marked as any one particular hike or loop. You just kind of explore at your leisure along footpaths. Some nice breezes run through despite the heat in some of the surrounding areas, which we appreciated. It is not 12 mi. The drive is counted into that distance. Once you're at the pinnacles parking lot, you're feet away from the pinnacles themselves.

The Drive: Good up to a point where the road ends up feeling more washboarded out (we were in a 2WD) and there were 2-3 deep washouts created by people who clearly must have gotten stuck in the mud and only dug themselves deeper -- so keep aware on the drive!

Nearby: Fish Rocks aren't far away when on the main highway, so those are definitely worth a visit en route or on your way back to civilization.

off road driving
6 months ago

The pinnacles are worth a visit but the trails to get to them are nothing special.

off road driving
6 months ago

first time here, brought the wife and kids in the jeep. Easy trails, which is good as I'm new to trailing. We had a blast, I suggest when u first get here just by the bathroom is a little cave you can walk into that only goes in 15ft. 3 yr old loved climbing the rocks everytime we drove to another rock formation.

8 months ago

The Pinnacles is worth visiting. I recognized the scenery from watching "Lost in Space" as a kid, early episode when the Jupiter II Crash landed on a planet. There are also scenes of Professor Robinson flying around wearing his jet pack, the Chariot, and the Giant who attacked them. It was so cool for me all these years later to stumble on Trona and Red Rock Canyon, and recognize these landscapes used in old TV shows I saw as a child in the Mid 1960s.

off road driving
11 months ago

Had a great time with my husband it felt like we were the only ones on the planet off roading yesterday , the day was beautiful in this part of the desert! We were in Trona and finished by visiting Randsberg.

walking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Otherworldly area, bleak and deserted. The "12.2 mile trail" referenced in the listing is actually vehicle miles from the pavement to the middle of the pinnacles. There is no formal trail here, but you can wander around the rock formations with little chance of getting lost as long a you keep within sight of where you parked. Great spot for artsy photography :)

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Great place to stop on the way to Death Valley. The dirt road is well maintained and I was able to make it to the pinnacles in a 2wd low clearance passenger car with no problems. You can spend as much or as little time as you want here wandering around on unmarked trails. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

camping
Thursday, October 01, 2015

You might recognize this otherworldly landscape from having seen it used as a backdrop in film and television, most notably the climax of Star Trek V. The "trail" tends to be rather informal; you basically wander around among the spires to your heart's content. For those who prefer not to get out of their cars, you can tour the pinnacles using the network of unpaved roads and tracks that crisscross the area (70% of these are not shown on the map). I was out here camping overnight on my way to Death Valley. (Primitive camping is allowed, pack-it-in, pack-it-out. There is a vault toilet in the main parking area, and fires are permitted in established fire rings - bring your own firewood). If you enjoy desert camping, or photographing weird landscapes, then this place is for you.

hiking
3 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

off road driving
Friday, July 07, 2017

hiking
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