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Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve

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Address: 75971 Little Panoche Rd, Hollister, CA 95023
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The hills are spectacular and this little stop is nice for a lunch/bathroom break. Note that on weekends many use the area for shooting.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alameda, California
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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hills are spectacular and this little stop is nice for a lunch/bathroom break. Note that on weekends many use the area for shooting.

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Hollister, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Like no place in California. The most beautiful drive you will ever take! Areas to shoot, hike, explorer and just have a great time in the outdoors! No cell service so bring a radio, a map and plan in case of an emergency.

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Milpitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

Our name for the area is simply "The Panoche Valley". It is a large area comprised of many different parcels - some private and some public (BLM). One thing you need to know is that much of the valley is private property, and you are restricted to the paved, public roads. Three exceptions are the BLM areas at Griswold Hills... More 

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Turlock, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2011

I enjoyed the day at the Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve. The main road was well maintained and accessible with a sedan. However, the side roads required a a vehicle with more clearance. I enjoyed rock hounding and found some nice specimens of pertified wood, but I did not find any fossils. I plan on returning in the spring when the... More 

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