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Hike Details for Heart of the Pinnacles (Loop)

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Pinnacles National Monument
Heart of the Pinnacles (Loop)

Heart of the Pinnacles (Loop)
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City: Paicines
Region: Pinnacles
Park: Pinnacles National Monument

Sunday, April 01, 2007 @ 10:00 AM


Event Notes:

We will meet at the Bear Gulch Visitors Center at the East entrance. Participants to arrange their own carpools/transportation, food, and lodging. Additional information available here.

Cell Phones & 2-way Radios
Cell phones will not work within Pinnacles or the Pinnacles Campground area. Use of a 2-way walkie takie is advised. Prachi and I will be carrying Motorola TalkAbout FRS/GMRS type 2-way radios (model SX800R). You are not required to purchase or use such a radio, however, while at camp and hiking we will be monitoring the following channel:

      Channel/Frequency:                      1 (462.5625 MHz)
      Privacy Code (PL/CTCSS):       11 (97.4 Hz)

Please note that other 2-way radio brands and models should be compatible with the SX800R we will be carrying, however, do not trust that the channel number or privacy codes to be exactly the same. Your radio may require a slightly different configuration from ours. Always check your user manual ahead of time for the proper settings.

Contact: John Bondon
Cell Phone: (925) 457-7717
Work Phone: (925) 272-4321


Trail Notes:

We will start at the Condor Gulch Trail going counter clock-wise and join the High peaks trail. We will walk through the heart of the Pinnacles rock formations, particularly along the Steep and Narrow section of the High Peaks Trail. On the way back we can re-visit the Bear Gulch reservoir and the Bear Gulch caves or head straight back to the Bear Gulch Visitors center. Flashlight/head lamps required in caves. This hike is NOT recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or tight spaces, as you will encounter both situations along this trail.


Trailhead Directions:

Our hikes will start from the East Entrance Visitors center. The East Side of the monument is open 24 hours a day for hiking. Give yourself about 21/2 - 3 hours from the East Bay.

From the East Bay to the East Entrance:
Take Hwy 680 South towards San Jose. Take the exist for Hwy 101 South (towards LA). Drive through the city of Gilroy take the exist for Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25, go through the town of Hollister (Note Hwy 25 takes two turns thru the town of Hollister, pay special attention to road signs showing the turns for Hwy 25). After passing thru Hollister, continue on Hwy 25 for about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146, and follow it to the Pinnacles entrance station. If the entrance station is closed, please continue to the park visitor center to check in.

From San Francisco or South Bay to the East Entrance:
Take Hwy 101 South (towards LA). Drive through the city of Gilroy take the exist for Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25, go through the town of Hollister (Note Hwy 25 takes two turns thru the town of Hollister, pay special attention to road signs showing the turns for Hwy 25). After passing thru Hollister, continue on Hwy 25 for about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146, and follow it to the Pinnacles entrance station. If the entrance station is closed, please continue to the park visitor center to check in.

Parking Fee: $5 entrance fee

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Monday, February 05, 2007.

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