Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pinnacles National Monument hike

Pinnacles National Monument is in central California, 50 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and 140 miles south of San Francisco, and today we went hiking there. It is a strange place- rolling hills, rock spires, monoliths, canyons and even caves. An unspoiled wilderness. It is the remains of an ancient volcano- proclaimed as a National Monument in 1908.

It was quite a steep hike to start with- from the eastern side of the park, uphill to the ridge, and through the high peaks trail which meant clambering up steps hewn out the rock. Back down a meandering trail. Six quite strenuous but interesting miles. Beautiful.

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