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Pinnacles National Park

5000 Highway 146, Main Entrance Is Off of Hwy-25, Paicines, CA 95043-9770
+1 831-389-4485
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Nice park, but few amenities

Pinnacles National Park is a new park -2013. There is a campground with a swimming pool and a small... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Pasco, Washington
via mobile
Not sure why this is a National Park

I'm all for protecting our natural resources and love the NPS, but this is one of those parks that... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Irvine, California
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This natural site has spire-like rock formations reaching 1,200 feet high.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“east entrance” (51 reviews)
“high peaks” (63 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5000 Highway 146, Main Entrance Is Off of Hwy-25, Paicines, CA 95043-9770
+1 831-389-4485
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pinnacles National Park is a new park -2013. There is a campground with a swimming pool and a small ranger station/mini-mart. Then there are hiking trails. Most of moderate difficulty or worse. We took a 2.2 mile "easy walk" according to the Ranger. We climbed...More

Thank Ali10403
Reviewed yesterday

I'm all for protecting our natural resources and love the NPS, but this is one of those parks that is a bit of a stretch calling it a National Park. Not much to see or do here and the landscape doesn't feel particularly unique. I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

As California's newest National Park, this had been on my to do list for some time. It has two entrance"s one on the East side and one on the West side. The park road does not go through.You basically have two places to stay, King...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live about two hours from Pinnacles National Park and had never visited before. Last Sunday my wife , daughter, and I decided to go to the Pinnacles. I have heard many good things about the park, especially the photography opportunities. We had a wonderful...More

1  Thank Norm F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at 8:30 am on a Wednesday at the West entrance. Sadly, the visitor center wasn't open. We were unable to pick up a map, but we set off on the shortest hike RT of 2.4 miles to the caves. They have numbered stops...More

1  Thank Bill G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice hike trail. We walked over from East entrance to West. Going through the balconies cave was bit tough due to narrow path that leads us outside of the caves. Observed the bird ( forget the name. Black feathers with blue color on top of...More

Thank laxmikant c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last day of our trip to California and spouse wanted a hike. This park was close enough so off we went on a Wednesday. There were few visitors at the park. The rangers were very friendly and helpful. We chose the High Peaks trail which...More

1  Thank Conchobar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family visited Pinnacles this May for a hike to the Balconies Cave. We were drawn here solely because it's a national park. The trail was not terribly difficult but it was very hot: 93 degrees at the trailhead (yet only 59 when we returned...More

Thank MaineTraveler2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the park on hot days in May. We travel in a motorhome and do not tow a car. When we checked in at the park we asked about the trails. Nearly all of them were very strenuous with high elevation gains, in fully...More

Thank readreadsleep
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited during winter so very, very people were there; in addition, there was the pending deluge of rain. However, I was able get out and hike the reservoir trail. It was pretty awesome going through the "caves" on this trail where you go through...More

Thank GreggeryPeccary
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Jo B
Hi there. We are looking at a stop off as we are travelling from Monterey to Sequoia. We have kids aged 13, 11 & 8 and have read the Bear Gulch hike takes about 1.5hrs. Im assuming this hike starts from a car park but can't find that for certain on a map. Thanks
29 April 2017|
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Response from IheartZephyr | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not sure if you have learnt that Pinnacles is divided by the natural rock formation into East and West Divisions, connected only by foot trails. There is no through road that connects the east and the west entrances... More
Our group has half camping and the other half is making the pinnacles a day trip. Is there a restaurant close to the camp site that we all might gather before the other half heads back to San Mateo?
30 March 2017|
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Response from Robert V | Reviewed this property |
Hi, There is no restaurant really close by except for the general store at the campground. They have some limited stuff.