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In one of the less publicized developments in Washington over the past week, the Senate unanimously (!) passed legislation to make the Pinnacles a National Park.  The bill only needs the signature of President Obama, which should be a formality, to go into effect.  



Since I grew up quite near the Pinnacles, this spot holds a special place in my heart---and I heartily recommend that you visit it.  An amazing place with wonderful hikes.  I particularly remember one hike during my college years when I reached the top of the crest to see the clouds all beneath me--and a clear shot to the Sierra towering over the far side of the Central Valley.  And then the wind began to blow...and the clouds below began to send tiny snowflakes up the cliff and into my face.  Yes, it was snowing uphill.

That was also the trip I hiked the caves trail without a flashlight.  Pitch black, with a swiftly running creek, deep crevices, and low overhangs.  Quite the adventure. Not recommended!



The trails here do involve a little more exposure and effort than in most parks

What a great way to start the New Year!



The photos here capture only a part of the charm of this area.  And while the summer can be brutally hot, the spring brings lush growth to the canyons and stunning wildflowers.


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I was in Pinnacles in 2003 with the family, and thought it was a little jewel.  I'm sure that with Yosemite & Sequoia so close, it gets overlooked.  Good news I think.
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look for it to get overrun now..............
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Great place, just watch out for the pigs!

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I went to the Pinnacles with my Junior High class in '77! I don't remember much about it. Some of us went through the caves. I think I was a little scared. There is always danger of an earthquake.

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In one of the less publicized developments in Washington over the past week, the Senate unanimously (!) passed legislation to make the Pinnacles a National Park.

Great news! I live just a few hours from Pinnacles and I've had it on my list of places to visit for a long time. Your pictures are terrific. I really need to get out there soon!


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That was where I first started with the park service. I still go there often and am surprised that it may become a national park.

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Looks like an awesome place.

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