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PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK – The Balconies trail loop

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

I’m ready to hike The Pinnacles National Park again, this time from its western park entrance for the first two days of hiking followed by a third hike from its eastern park entrance. Camping isn’t available on the west entrance side of the park so you’ll need to find a hotel in Soledad or King City to stay at. I’m staying at the Motel 6 in King City. The trails in this National Park are enticing and especially well maintained. I definitely found a trail there that I liked last time and plan to do again as well as something new this time.

I’m scheduling this as a three day event with three hikes. You’ll each need to make your own arrangements for staying at a hotel in the area (Soledad) and signing on to the hikes you want to do. Hopefully, you’ll be available to sign on for all three days at the Pinnacles. Just make sure you sign up for each hike you plan on doing.

WHAT IS THE NEWEST NATIONAL PARK IN THE US?
Pinnacles National Monument in California was signed into law as the United States’ 59th and newest national park, now bearing the name Pinnacles National Park.

The new park, with its spectacular rock formations, beautiful spring wildflowers and group of endangered condors, is a popular tourist attraction, located in the Gabilan Mountains east of central California’s Salinas Valley. The park encompasses 27,000 acres of wild lands.

The stunning rock formations, called pinnacles and from which the park gets its name, are the remnants of half an ancient volcano, worn down by erosion over the eons.

<<<<<<<<<< THREE DAY A G E N D A >>>>>>>>>>>

TUESDAY MAY 14TH – “TRAVEL AND HOTEL CHECK IN”

WEDNESDAY MAY 15TH – HIKE#1 WE’LL ALL MEET AT THE CHAPARRAL TRAILHEAD PARKING LOT AT 9:00 AM (SEE MAP BELOW) It’s about a half hour drive from Soledad or 45 minute drive from King City.
https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/maps.htm
We’ll hike the Balconies trail loop
MILEAGE: 8 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 1800′

THURSDAY MAY 16TH – Hike #2 WE’LL ALL MEET AT THE CHAPARRAL TRAILHEAD PARKING LOT AT 9:00 AM (SEE MAP BELOW) It’s about a half hour drive from Soledad or 45 minute drive from King City.
https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/maps.htm
We’ll hike the Juniper Canyon Trail to High Peaks Trail Loop
MILEAGE: 7 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 2400′

FRIDAY MAY 17TH – Hike #3 WE’LL ALL MEET AT THE EAST PINNACLES VISITOR CENTER PARKING LOT AT 9:00 AM (SEE MAP BELOW) It’s about a 70 minute drive from Soledad or 45 minute drive from King City.
https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/maps.htm
We’ll hike the Chalone Peak Trail
MILEAGE: 7 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 2400′

PAUL TAYLOR’S cell: 805-358-5972

Link to weather: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?textField1=36.46639&textField2=-121.17611

TO BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT YOU MUST HAVE UPDATED YOUR CDH PROFILE. ALSO, HAVING TWO “NO SHOWS” SINCE 1/1/17 WILL HAVE YOUR CDH MEMBERSHIP REVOKED

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Date:
May 15
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/calabasasdayhikers/events/258665970/

Organizer

Calabasas Day Hikers – Hiking is what we do
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/calabasasdayhikers/

Location

Chaparral Trailhead Parking
2011 Chaparral Drive
Soledad, CA 93960 US
+ Google Map
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Details

Date:
May 15
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/calabasasdayhikers/events/258665970/

Organizer

Calabasas Day Hikers – Hiking is what we do
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/calabasasdayhikers/

Location

Chaparral Trailhead Parking
2011 Chaparral Drive
Soledad, CA 93960 US
+ Google Map

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