Pinnacles National Monument & Yoga on the Rocks! (9.5 miles and 2000 ft)

Pinnacles is one of my favorite places to hike. The rocks and caves are amazing especially as the light descends in the afternoon. Please don't forget to bring a flashlight for the Bear Gulch Caves. It is quite a drive from San Francisco about 2 hours, but well worth the drive. If you haven't been to Pinnacles then this a must. The wildflowers will be blooming for only a short period: species as Johnny-jump-ups, virgin's bower, gilia, suncups, chia, black sage, pitcher sage, larkspur, and bush lupine have joined the spectacular display.

Meeting Point: East Entrance Parking lot by Visitor Center 

Distance : 9.5 to 10 miles

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Time: 4 to 5 hrs. 

Elevation: ~ 2000ft 

Yoga: 1 hour alignment yoga

Parking fee: $5.00 (permit required)

Details: Let's meet at the East Entrance parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and wait approximately 10 to 20 minutes until everyone arrives, then we will drive to Peak View parking lot and start our hike there. 

Map of Pinnacles

Trails detail : 1. From Peak View Parking Lot to Bear Gulch Trail 2. Bear Gulch Trail To Moses Spring Trail 3. Moses Spring Trail To Bear Gulch Cave 4. Bear Gulch Cave Trail to Rim Trail 5. Rim Trail to High Peak Trail 6. High Peak Trail to Bench Trail 7. Bench Trail back to High Peak parking lot 

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING: • Hiking shoes or boots • Water • Lunch and snacks • Sun protection (hat/sunscreen) • Flash light

YOGA: We will start with a meditation. Next, we will practice 1 hour alignment based yoga. You can expect partner exercises to go deeper into the poses, to connect with your fellow yogis/hikers and to bring a sense of play to the poses. We will end with a breathing exercises/meditation. No yoga matts needed, let's get back to the basics. A towel can be used as your mat. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Fit Hikers who can handle an 9-10 mile hike with 2 to 3 m.p.h.hiking pace and all levels yogis

Donations Suggested donations for the hike is $15.00 to $20.00, but it is not mandatory. Show your love if enjoyed the yoga lesson and hike. Or if you would like to support the growth of the group by contributing to membership fees.

Donation PayPal Link 

By RSVPing everyone signs up at their own risk, and you assume all liability associated with the hike, yoga and carpooling to it (Conditions of Membership)

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  • Susanne

    Great photos Kee! Thanks for carrying that extra 7lbs!

    1 · April 15

  • Kee Y.

    You're welcome. My pleasure to capture beautiful moment. Rachel, I went on to another 10 miles hike the next day. Here's the link to Mt Diablo from Macedo Ranch to Rock City. The group did not spend too much time to see the whole rock city though. It's the best time to go. May will start getting hot
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/keeyip/sets/72157643935185265/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/keeyip/sets/72157643563622194/

    April 15

  • Mary

    Thank you Kee for all the great shots!

    April 14

  • Rachel W.

    Great photos, Kee. Thank you for being my professional photographer!

    April 14

  • tanna

    So nice meeting everyone! I hope to see you all again! Kee, the photos are amazing!

    April 14

  • Kee Y.

    Photos @ flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/keeyip/sets/72157643935064513/
    Will upload to this Meetup group next
    Will upload to dropbox later

    April 13

  • Kee Y.

    Another wonderful hike and yoga practice. Fun group to be with

    April 13

  • Rachel W.

    Thank you for an amazing, beautiful and awesome hike and yoga on the rocks!

    1 · April 12

  • James S.

    I can give up to 3 people rides from SF. Probably also pick up from sf bart 24th if anyone is riding with me.

    April 9

  • Alice D.

    Hi everyone, a friend and I are going to join in. Any chance to hitch a ride for two?

    April 11

  • Rachel W.

    Hello everyone, it is very important that you bring a headlamp or flashlight tomorrow for the caves. I know I have a full car, if you anyone is interested in more room then James can accommodate a person or two. If I remember correctly, he lives near Western Addition. Plus, he could use the company for the long drive. If you are running late text me 415.793.7050. We will meet at the Visitor Center then drive to Peak View parking lot and begin the trail.

    April 11

  • Rachel W.

    Yes, Susanne. I have a spot left. Amy, Tanna, Jody & Susanne. 24th Bart 7:30 am.

    April 8

    • Susanne

      Thanks! I'll be there.

      April 8

    • Jody

      Hi Rachel. I'm confirming for tomorrow at 7:30am at 24th Bart

      1 · April 11

  • Mary

    Hi Everyone, I live in San leandro and I'll be carpooling with Shruti and Kee... we still have few space available let me know if your on the way and want to carpool with us.

    April 11

  • Mary

    Shruti, I might be able to pick you up in Hayward, i checked the map and its on the way send me email [masked]

    March 27, 2014

    • shruti

      thanks for the quick response :) i just sent you an email and contact number. I will be mostly reachable on my landline number which i have sent you through email.

      March 27, 2014

    • Mary

      Hi Shruti, are you still coming? I need to confirm where I can pick you up. I sent you personal email please let me know if your still down to carpool

      April 11

  • Kee Y.

    Hi Mary, I live in Union City. I am wondering if I can get a ride, or it's full? I will put down "going" for now. Will send Mary email to confirm

    April 10

  • Amy K.

    Rachel, I will be there 7:30. Thanks!

    April 10

  • tanna

    Confirming my RSVP! I will be there at 7:30 AM. Thank you!

    April 9

  • Rachel W.

    Hi Amy & Tanna, yes I would be happy to give you a ride. Can you meet me at the 24th Street Bart Station at 7:30 am? I have 2 more spots open if anyone else needs a ride!

    April 5

    • Susanne

      Just checking - do you have any spots in your car left?

      April 8

  • Rachel W.

    Of course Jody, 24th Bart station at 730.

    April 7

  • Jody

    Hi Rachel: Any chance you have room for another person for carpooling?

    April 7

  • Amy K.

    Hi all! I would love to attend this event but I unfortunately don't have a car. Rachel, I also live in the city if you have anymore spots in your car?

    April 5

  • tanna

    Hi Rachel! I'm confirming now- if you still have room in your car I'd love to come. I will email you my phone number and we can discuss the easiest place to meet.

    April 3

  • Mary

    Hi Shruti, I can pick you up at San Leandro bart, please send me your phone number and we can discuss the pick up time =)

    March 27, 2014

  • Rachel W.

    Hi Shruti, Mary lives in San Leandro maybe contact with her about carpooling.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • shruti

    Hey everyone,
    I am going to be travelling from Hayward to San francisco by BART... is there anyone who can pick me up from the SF BArt on the day of the hike?
    Thanks :)

    March 26, 2014

  • Rachel W.

    Hi Tanna, I live in the city so I can you give a ride.

    March 26, 2014

  • tanna

    Definitely interested in going....anyone down to add me to their carpool? I'm in the city, happy to meet anywhere and happy to split gas.
    Thanks!

    March 26, 2014

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