Visit at June 06, 2021; Balconies Cave was close to visitors
What? : Pinnacles NP is the best place to see the rare California Condor flying over the pinnacle’s. on top of the rare Condors this newest member of the National Parks system offers several exiting hiking options that includes small caves, water reservoir, mountain ridge, viewing pinnacle towers and a wilderness area.
Where? : Located in central California at the mountain ridge east of highway 101 and west of California highway 25, south of Hollister. The main, west, park access is 32 miles south of Hollister on highway 25. The east park entrance is at the end of highway 146 east of Soledad (small town on hwy 101).
When? : The park is open year round but the best time to visit here is during the cooler months, it is hot during the summer.
Due note 1: Compare to other national parks the Pinnacles is a small National park that offer relatively small number of hiking options.
Due note 2: There are 2 different entrance to the park (east and west) and they are not connected by inside park road.
Due note 3: Look for cave opening, they may be close for bat colony hibernating.
Due note 4: The only campsite available in the park is at the east entrance at the visitor center near the creek, no wilderness overnight camping.
My thoughts: I visit this small National Park many times, always amazed by the Pinnacles ridge and the upper trail and by the flying Condors from above. The best way to see the Condors is from the ridge top where they fly closer.
Few words about the California Condors:
The entire world California Condor population was on the verge of extinction, in 1982 only 22 Condors were living in captivity. After a lot of breeding in captivity efforts during the 80’s and 90’s few Condors were release to the nature in 1992. Today there are 100 free Condors living in the wild, mainly of them in California.
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