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PINNACLES CAMPGROUND (CA), CA

National Park Service

Overview

Pinnacles Campground is located in the unique Pinnacles National Monument, 32 miles south of Hollister, California. The monument encompasses 26,000 acres of spectacular rock formations and remnants of an extinct 23 million-year old volcano. Hiking and rock climbing are very popular activities in Pinnacles, as is watching for the majestic California Condor overhead. Pinnacles National Monument is a nesting place for the endangered soaring bird, the largest in North America.

The campground is situated in a rolling landscape dotted with shady Valley Oak, Blue Oak and Coast Live Oak trees. A gentle, seasonal creek runs through the grounds. Springtime finds Pinnacles bursting with a wide variety of vivid wildflowers that line every trail and fill entire meadows with color. Deer and wild turkeys roam the area, and condors can be viewed from within the campground. The park ranges in elevation from 824 feet along South Chalone Creek to 3,304 feet atop North Chalone Peak.

Pinnacles National Monument has more than 30 miles of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Many trails intersect, allowing for a short loop or a longer all-day hike. Popular destinations include Bear Gulch Reservoir, High Peaks and the Balconies area. The Bench Trail provides direct access to the monument from the campground.

Visitors enjoy exploring Balconies Cave and Bear Gulch Cave, which houses a large colony of Townsend's big-eared bats. Bring a flashlight!

Rock climbers flock to Pinnacles for the variety of climbing routes that range from easy top-ropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.

Recreational Activities:

  • CAMPING
  • CLIMBING
  • DAY USE AREA
  • HIKING
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE
  • VISITOR CENTER
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING

Address:

5000 HWY 146
Paicines,CA,95043
Phone: (831)389-4538

Directions:

Pinnacles National Monument is located 32 miles south of Hollister, CA on Hwy 25 and 29 miles northeast of King City, CA on Hwy 25. Campground is located on the east side of Pinnacles National Monument off Hwy 25.

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