National Parks

Pinnacles National Park

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Ryan and I visited Pinnacles National Park on our way to Monterrey, California for Sea Otter Classic.  We only had time for a quick day trip so we did a short hike through Balconies Cave on the Balconies Cliffs-Cave Loop trail.  The park itself is quite small so there wasn’t a need to spend more time there, however, if we had time to do an overnight trip we could have hiked across the entire park.  Despite the small size Pinnacles was far more intriguing and beautiful than I had expected.  The pastoral and peaceful landscape was contrasted by the sharp, jagged rock formations rising above the rolling plains.  Years ago volcanic eruptions and shifting tectonic plates created the unique ecosystem found here.  Pinnacles National Park is definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the area.


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