Pinnacles National Park

Twenty three million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a unique mountainous landscape full of caves and towering rock spires. The park is located on the San Andreas fault and you can walk along it and see how the earth has been crushed to gravel and a fine powder beneath your feet.

We spent two days hiking and camping here. It is beautiful with a noticeable wide variety of bird species. The bird everyone wants to see here is the endangered California Condor, the largest land bird in North America with a wingspan of 9.5 feet. We were lucky enough to see them multiple times during our visit. We spent our days going up and down the mountains and got to walk around the caves that lead to the reservoir

California Condor

Bear Gulch Cave

My favorite place in the park is the Bear Gulch Reservoir. There are a couple ways to get there but we came through the Bear Gulch Caves. It is an awesome sight to see as you emerge from the darkness. We sat and ate lunch here and watched other hikers as they got slapped in the face by this gorgeous view coming out of the caves. It repeatedly stopped people in their tracks. So beautiful.

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