Pinnacles: Camping and Moonlight hike

My favorite local place to hike, the Pinnacles never fails to delight. Unusual rock formations, birds, bats, flowers and more, Pinnacles has it all. Saturday is actually the day after the full moon but will still provide ample light to hike without lights. Hiking at night softens the lines and gives everything a much different feel than the sometimes harsh light of day. A great place for night hike as daytime temps can be hot. Although I've hiked there in shorts at night, Fall temps may be cold after sunset. Starting at the Bear Gulch Day use area parking area we will start on the Condor Gulch trail hiking up before stopping to watch the moon rise above the distant foothills. Don't forget your camera!
This will be a moonlight hike, if you are not comfortable walking without a flashlight or headlamp perhaps this is not the hike for you. We will walk a moderate pace , but stopping to enjoy the views  ending with the Bear Gulch Cave. Meet before 6:45 at the parking area. 6 miles, 1100' gain/loss
Please bring sturdy hiking footwear,  layered clothing, water, snacks and headlamp( for the cave)
I will be staying at the campground to avoid a long and late drive back. I also will be leading a hike to North Chalone peak at 8:00 on Sunday morning. 9 miles - 2000'. Meet at Bear Gulch day use area before 8:00 am.

Look here for campground reservations:http://www.recreation.gov/unifSearchResults.do?topTabIndex=Search

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  • Lynda M.

    We began the hike on time, took a pretty fast pace at the beginning (to catch the moonrise), modified our pace as was needed by the group, managed not to trip or fall on the moonless side of the dark trail, saw beautiful peaks and formations aglow with the moon's reflected light, completely enjoyed the warm temperature so as to be able to hike in T-shirts almost the whole way, took rest stops in just the right places, and had chocolate birthday at the end. Perfect size group for that hike and all very amicable. So glad I did it!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Anita

    Very nice event! Thanks John! And that German Chocolate cake!! Yummm!

    October 20, 2013

  • Val

    So sorry to miss it!

    October 19, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    Thanks Anita. I'm a bonafide participant now along with my sister and friend who also signed up and got onto the list. I'll have to put off stalking to some other time. Thanks so much for your invitation!

    October 18, 2013

  • Anita

    Lynda,
    Stalkers indeed! I am going out on a limb here, since it is really John's place to comment, but don't spend anymore time worrying about it. Come on along! See you and your crew there!
    Anita

    October 17, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    John, since I got the Wait List notification this morning I am still wondering if I am the ONE person listed on the website as Wait Listed. My sister and now a friend are also coming with me, so I guess we could be the stalkers at the end of the line, not quite officially there and no obligation to us on your part, but I can't imagine not coming.

    October 17, 2013

  • Anita

    John, you rat! I was trying to get that space! :)
    Michelle and I will be in Space 20.
    Yay! It's happening!

    October 17, 2013

    • John

      Hey, I resemble that remark!

      October 17, 2013

  • Cynthia A D.

    Room for 1?

    October 17, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    Hi John, what does it mean that my sister and I are on the "Waiting List" for the hike? I think I registered some days ago just for myself and then today tried to add my sister. But only today did I get a message about actually being on any list. I hope I'm really going because I just made the campsite reservation. Please let me know what being on the Waiting List means. Thanks!

    October 17, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    Just made a reservation for Loop B #23 for two of us.

    October 17, 2013

  • John

    I made a reservation for loop A #9, my camp is full.

    October 17, 2013

  • John

    Try and make a reservation today, I don't think it will be a problem.

    October 17, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    My sister and I are on for this hike if the shutdown is upshut. Sounds like we wouldn't be able to get campground reservations though if the camp grounds were full to begin with before the shutdown. I'm assuming those people would have first dibs at getting their reservations reinstated. I guess we'll just have to wait until the last minute to see about that. Does anyone know the answer to Ty's question about sleeping in his camper truck if no reservations are available?

    October 16, 2013

    • John

      There really isn't anywhere to sleep as the park goes all the way to the hwy.

      October 17, 2013

  • John

    Hi all,
    Just back from Utah, not sure of the park opening but I'm willing to go at the last moment. Just cross your fingers.

    October 14, 2013

  • Mark and Carol T.

    Man, this sounds GREAT, but can't make it - do it again! Just moved from the South, is this anything like Joshua Tree (rock formations)?

    October 14, 2013

  • Anita

    But I do think it is going to be resolved before the weekend. Just unknown how the park ( or National Monument, more precisely) will handle reservations... Will we be able to make them individually? Will the previous cancellations get first priority? Very unusual. Any ideas, John?

    October 14, 2013

  • Anita

    Yes, Paula, I have been watching that too. Hard to believe it has gone on this long, but don't get me started!! :)

    October 14, 2013

  • Anita

    Yes, Paula, I have been watching that too. Hard to believe it has gone on this long, but don't get me started!! :)

    October 14, 2013

  • Paula K.

    It would seem due to the lack of federal funding the camp grounds are closed.???

    October 13, 2013

  • Paula K.

    Looking forward to a hike and camping @ The Pinnacles, haven't been there in years.

    October 13, 2013

  • Michelle

    Moonlight hike, what a cool, creative idea!
    Camping site said not taking reservations & all existing reservations are getting cancelled. Hmmm...have to see how the DC squabble works out...unless someone has another idea??

    October 6, 2013

  • Ty h.

    do we need to make any reservations for the campground- and can I sleep in my toyota truck with camper shell? Ty

    October 4, 2013

    • Melissa C.

      Good luck with that - I made campground reservations, but the park service cancelled them yesterday due to the government shutdown...

      October 5, 2013

  • Anita

    I think I would like to come along... sounds like a blast! I may have questions for you as the day approaches. Am focusing on a trip to San Diego this weekend, but will be in touch...

    October 3, 2013

  • Val

    Hi, How long will the hike be? 3-4 hours? Thanks!

    September 30, 2013

    • John

      Yes, around that. Depends on crowd and weather.

      October 1, 2013

    • Val

      Thanks!

      October 1, 2013

  • Cynthia A D.

    I'd love to attend but I haven't camped for a while. I'll see if I can find a good mat for my sleeping bag

    October 1, 2013

  • Alice

    Unfortunately I already have plans for that weekend

    October 1, 2013

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