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Reach for the Pinnacles

Rugged rock spires, deep caves, volcanic formations… Pinnacles National Park packs an adventurous punch, and—bonus—you might even get to see the famous, endangered California condor.

Week 09.26.2019
Regions Northern & Southern CA

Bag North Chalone Peak

Hike to North Chalone Peak in Pinnacles National Park

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For the pinnacle view of Pinnacles National Park, you’ve got to hike to North Chalone Peak, the tallest in the park, offering great scenery and the possibility of seeing the California condor.
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Caves, Condors, Camping

Hike to Bear Gulch Cave in Pinnacles National Park

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You’re gonna need a flashlight for this hike, and not because it’s happening at night. Check out a truly dark part of the park by visiting Bear Gulch Cave in Pinnacles National Park.
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Ahhh-tumn Yosemite

Fall Getaway to Yosemite's Tenaya Lodge

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Fall colors and fewer people are just a couple of reasons autumn is one of Yosemite’s most beautiful seasons.
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West Side Story

Hike Juniper Canyon Trail and See Balconies Cave at Pinnacles National Park

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The west side of Pinnacles National Park feels a bit more rugged, and has fewer people. And it has some of the park’s premier trails and sites, including Juniper Canyon and Balconies Cave.
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    Ready to kick off 2021? (Like we have to ask.) Literally kick it off, with a hike! Download the 2021 POST Hiking Calendar (complimentary)—with recommended trails for every month of the year.

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