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Pinnacles National Park

Address: 5000 CA-Hwy 146, Main Entrance Is Off of Hwy-25, Paicines, CA 95043
Phone Number: 831-389-4485
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Paicines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching, Rock climbing
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Owner description: This natural site has spire-like rock formations reaching 1,200 feet high.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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259 reviews 259 reviews
212 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Pinnacles National Park is a huge playground for rock climbers! Yet; climbing and hiking among the breathtaking spires and rock formations that gave Pinnacles its name is only the beginning of what the park has to offer. I spent a great many weekend rock climbing on these rock walls, and towers of rock in the summer of 2001. To this... More

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Morris County, NJ
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The main activity at this park is hiking, but the hiking is good. Only two complaints: the ranger station at the west end was closed, so no help to plan the day and no stamp for the National Parks passport. And the hike we did -- Balconies Cave Trail -- seemed to dead-end at one entrance to the cave. Maybe... More

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California Desert, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Explored this new NP last weekend. Considered the West vs the East entrance, and decided on the West entrance. This seemed more user friendly (access off 101 in the town of Soledad). For day hikes from the West, this is an awesome place. One hour to eight or more hikes are available. First hike was up to the High Peaks... More

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San Francisco, California
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33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Too cold or too hot otherwise. Summer is mosquito city. Great hiking, great camping. Very remote so come prepared.

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Fresno, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The hike was easy. The campground was quiet. California Condors graced us with an aerial show for about an hour. The only negative is that the campground host was a real stickler for the rules. We had no one around us, I mean NO ONE and she would not let us put our second vehicle on the space next to... More

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Long Beach, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Pinnacles National Park was established in 2013 and is located near Soladad, California. There are two sections to the park. One is in the east and the other is in the west. There are NO roads connecting the two sections, but you can travel via hiking trails. Because the park is new the roads and other facilities are pristine. The... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We spent two days/one night at Pinnacles National Park and were happy to have visited. The park is only about a 2-2.5 hour drive south of San Francisco and it was great to get to what felt like a very out-there, isolated spot in nature after only a couple hours of driving. The campground was large and our site (62)... More

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Fresno, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Loved the rain and snow on Friday and Saturday here in Central Cal. However, it forced me change my plans for the weekend. Instead of going to May Lake in Yosemite National Park or up to Crescent Meadow in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks I had to find an alternative. What I found was a hidden gem called Pinnacles... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Worth the effort to get there. The ticket is good for a week and can be used on either the east or west ENTRANCE. Peaceful trails that vary from easy to more strenuous on the west side. We will return.

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Hampton, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I was born and lived in San Benito county for the first 22 years of my life, yet it wasn't until I had left for the military and came home once on leave that I finally got to witness the coolest natural location in my home. It's extremely beautiful and tranquil. The weather in Paicines and down near Panoche is... More

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