Things to do in Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park gets its name from towering, domed rock structures that seem to bulge out of the earth. It’s the perfect place to enjoy natural wonder that still feels a bit off the beaten path. It was designated as California's newest national park in January of 2013. Visit the link above for more information.
Rock climb a towering spire on the west side of the park
Clip in and climb on at one of the west side’s many routes. At this end of the park, the rocks are higher and the routes are more challenging. Beginners can also book a climbing lesson for adventures for all levels.
Bird-watch close to 200 different species, including the endangered California condor
California condors are the park’s signature bird. With a nine-foot wingspan and a completely bald head, the impressive creatures are difficult to miss. Stay on the lookout for these and nearly 200 other distinct species, including turkey vultures, hawks, golden eagles, and peregrine falcons. Learn more about bird-watching at Pinnacles National Park in the link above.
Explore the two caves along the 1.5-mile Bear Gulch Cave Trail
Explore Bear Gulf Cave Trail's two separate caves on the adventurous 1.5-mile hike. Insider tip: Take a flashlight to navigate the rocky, lightless paths. View the detailed hike route in the link above!
Hike Moses Spring Trail out to Bear Gulch Reservoir
This mile-around, out-and-back hike takes visitors up 377 feet of elevation gain to Bear Gulch Reservoir. Sky-high volcanic structures line the trail, which includes some easy-to-navigate caves!
Hike the High Peaks Trail, recommended for the more experienced adventurers
Trek to the High Peaks, a volcanic labyrinth of jagged pinnacles and spires that can be seen from miles away. Many trails intersect and connect, making rewarding yet complex loops, so pay close attention to distances and signage.