The "Pinnacle"s of California: Pinnacles National Park

The "Pinnacle"s of California: Pinnacles National Park

About 130 miles south of the San Fransisco, you'll find Pinnacles National Park sitting right on the San Andreas fault line. About 23 million years ago, the now extinct Neenach Volcano spewed out magma and molten rock as the tectonic plates collided. This caused the creation of the pointy staggered rocks.

"Pinnacles" in the park

Over the last 23 million years, erosion and weather patterns have sculpted the rocks to the uniquely shaped "pinnacles" that the park now protects. In addition to the pinnacles, the park also has caves. These aren't ordinary caves, however, these are Talus Caves that were formed at the end of the last ice age. Now, out 25 total species of bats that live in California, 14 reside in this cave! 

Cave Entrance

Lastly, the park is home to many bird species, deer and even wild turkeys! We recommend visiting the park during the winter or spring. The park often reached temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. During this time, you're only able to hike and be outside before noon and after 6PM. 

Wild Turkeys