Since P grew up quite near the Pinnacles, this spot holds a special place in his heart---and he heartily recommends that you visit it. An amazing place with wonderful hikes. P particularly remembers one hike during his college years when he reached the top of the crest to see the clouds all beneath him--and a clear shot to the Sierra towering over the far side of the Central Valley. And then the wind began to blow...and the clouds below began to send tiny snowflakes up the cliff and into his face. Yes, it was snowing uphill.
That was also the trip he hiked the caves trail without a flashlight. Pitch black, with a swiftly running creek, deep crevices, and low overhangs. Quite the adventure. Not recommended!
The trails here do involve a little more exposure and effort than in most parks
What a great way to start the New Year!
The photos here capture only a part of the charm of this area. And while the summer can be brutally hot, the spring brings lush growth to the canyons and stunning wildflowers.