CAMP Pinnacles National Monument

  • May 25, 2013 · 8:00 AM

We may not get to have a campfire, but at least Mother Nature is on our side with a nearly full moon on Saturday
Sunset: 8:20pm
Moonrise: 9:16pm


Group Camping at Pinnacles National Monument  
$16 for 2 nights, 3 days
Saturday, May 25; Sunday, May 26; Monday, May 27
Please use Paypal here or pay me cash and I will add your RSVP.

Two FANTASTIC trails with amazing views, talus caves, and condors.

12:00pm check-in - reservation name is under Brinkley
Saturday Hike
Old Pinnacles Trail 9 easy miles out and back
2:00pm at the Old Pinacles trailhead (a ten minute drive from the visitor center)
Begin Old Pinnacles Trail 
Right on Balconies Cliff Trail
Right on Balconies Trail to Chapparal Ranger Station and bathroom
Rest awhile and follow the Balconies Trail back through the cave (climbing required).
Right on Old Pinnacles Trail back to cars

Sunday Hike Condor Gulch Trail 6.1 miles strenuous loop
~10:30am Take shuttle bus from the visitor center to Bear Gulch Day Use Area
Begin Condor Gulch Trail
Rest and regroup at the Overlook
Left on High Peaks Trail
Continue High Peaks Trail through a steep and narrow section
Right on the Rim Trail
Rest and reconvene at Bear Gulch Reservoir
Left on Bear Gulch Cave Trail through talus cave
Right on Moses Spring Trail back to Bear Gulch Day Use Area
Catch shuttle back to visitor center

Food Please bring all your own food for two and a half days, and one dish to share (optional) for the first night. No coordinating necessary.

Firewood We'll need it. Please indicate below if you can bring some.

Directions
South on I-5 111 miles
Take the CA-33 exit,
EXIT 407, toward SANTA NELLA/GILROY. 0.4 mi 
RIGHT onto SANTA NELLA RD/CA-33.
Continue to follow CA-33. 3.2 mi
Merge onto CA-152 W toward GILROY. 26.3 mi
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CA-156 W. 2.6 mi 
LEFT onto FAIRVIEW RD. 8.6 mi 
LEFT onto AIRLINE HWY/CA-25/CR-J1.
Continue to follow AIRLINE HWY/CA-25. 25.7 mi 
SLIGHT RIGHT onto CA-146. 3.8 mi 
LEFT to stay on CA-146
Estimated travel time 3 hours, 6 minutes.

Sites 128 and 129 Loop G 5 cars allowed per site

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  • Carolyn W

    Brilliant weekend, thank you Shannon for organizing another ace camping trip :-)

    May 30, 2013

  • Beatrice

    Thank you Shannon for organizing, and thank you all for making this a memorable camping / hiking weekend.

    May 28, 2013

  • Greg S

    Shannon, Thank you for organizing another wonderful weekend, where I was able to spend time with old friends, make new friends and develop bonds that bring people together like family. Thank you everyone for your part in making this weekend a memorable experience.

    May 28, 2013

  • Lori/Lorraine

    What an amazing place: loved the people, the yummy food, the scenic views and even the sexy rock formations!

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Liz G

    Another great Hikers & Co camping trip. Thank you Shannon for being such a dedicated and thorough organizer.

    May 28, 2013

  • David V

    Very fun weekend. Thanks to Shannon & Bert for organizing and Bobby for providing the camp fire.

    May 28, 2013

  • Doreen N.

    Fun weekend with a great bunch of people. It was good to see many familiar faces and make new friends. The hikes were awesome. Thanks, Shannon, for organizing this.

    May 28, 2013

  • Rachel

    Wonderful. Very nice to spend time with friends and make new ones. The hiking was awesome as usual.

    May 28, 2013

  • Cathy H

    Thanks to Bobby for providing the camp fire ambience and warmth. Much appreciated. Oh yeah, and the great BBQ zucchini and asparagus. Yummmmy!

    May 28, 2013

  • Shari

    It was a wonderful weekend with special people. The hikes were fun, the food was scrumptious, Shannon and Bert were extraordinary, and WE SAW A CONDOR!!!!!

    May 28, 2013

  • Lisa R

    Loved Pinnacles National Park. Great hike, lots of great, fun people. Hope to see everyone soon. Thanks Shannon and Bert.

    May 27, 2013

  • Bobby S

    Thanks Shannon and Bert, It was good to see old friends and make some new ones.

    May 27, 2013

  • Cora

    Thank you it was a lot of fun.

    May 27, 2013

  • cosette m.

    Thanks for a wonderful time everyone. Thanks Shannon for organizing this.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Jim R.

    I give it a five It was a lot more than I expected.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Trese

    It was an interesting weekend with some gasping views and hikes all with some very interesting and fun real people that belong to such a great group. Special Thanks to our leader Shannon and Bertman what an amazing little secret, the Pinacles.
    Big Thanks to Hank for loading up the truck and driving us to the campground and returning us with some swiftness safely. Great to meet Christy and her Sally and Marley and look forward to another adventure. Thank you Carmen for motivating me to go. So good to meet new people and reconnect with others.
    Thanks to my new family Doreen and Greg for supporting me and laughing with me as we trekked that dang hill.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Bertman

    What a great weekend! So much fun spending time with really awesome friends in a beautiful place. The fire was so nice, I have to get one of those! Thanks to Shannon for planning this, Leong for the good cooking, Bobby for the fire, and everyone else for coming and making this such a great trip. I posted my pictures of the condor.

    May 27, 2013

  • Christy

    And - thank you everyone for being so kind & attentive to Sally & Marley. What a great time they had!

    May 27, 2013

  • Christy

    And thank you, Bobby, for our fire!

    May 27, 2013

  • Christy

    What a good time, yet it flew by WAY too quickly! There were many people I would've like to have gotten to know better, but at least now I can put many wonderful faces to names! Shannon & Bert - thanks so much... This is a place I never would've gone to see on my own. And how cool is this: Hank was so thoughtful in hanging a flag at the HiCo site, & apparently some parents at the campground brought their kiddos over to it, and they said The Pledge of Allegiance. Life is Good....

    May 27, 2013

  • Cathy H

    Great hiking, fun friends, old and new. Thanks Shannon and Burt.

    May 27, 2013

  • Christina J

    What a blast! Great to see familiar faces I haven't seen in a while and so many new faces. Thanks for organizing another great adventure Shannon.

    May 27, 2013

  • Carmen

    First of all I would like to thank the event host for organizing this event. Thanks to Hank, Christy, and Teresa for making it such a fun trip. To all the members; you all made it double the fun. See all of you in our next adventure.

    May 27, 2013

  • Shannon B

    cool place with great people

    May 27, 2013

  • Susan

    What a great weekend connecting with old friends and new! The hikes were great ( I think I saw a condor), and fabulous feasting and this fun crowd made up for the less-than-perfect facilities. Thanks, Shannon and Bert, for coordinating; looking forward to more!

    May 27, 2013

  • Jayne F

    Nice, friendly people beautiful hikes. Thanks Shannon and All!

    May 27, 2013

  • Vickie

    We ended up with a green bungee cord from the suburban beat box, if any one would like to claim it, post a comment and we can make arrangements!

    May 27, 2013

  • Vickie

    Beautiful place with extraordinary views.

    May 27, 2013

  • Jimmy

    Does anybody want to carpool to Pinnacles? My rider canceled on the trip. I live in Sacramento and can drive my Subaru Outback or ride with others.

    May 23, 2013

    • Mike T.

      Hi Jimmy. My GF and I really want to join in on this trip. Are you still offering carpool? We will be more than happy to pitch in for gas. We live in Turlock.

      May 24, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Hi Mike, this particular event is full, but we have others coming up. Please check the calendar.

      May 24, 2013

  • Bobby S

    Hey Shannon, a friend loaned me his small (15 inch diameter) portable propane fire pit. Its advertising says it's allowed in most burn restricted areas, but you need to check with local rangers. Is this a possibility? It's a Camp Chef portable fire ring.

    May 22, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Bobby and Liz, Christy says she checked on GAS fire pits and it was okay. Please bring it just in case, if you would.

      May 24, 2013

    • Bobby S

      Ok, I'll bring it

      1 · May 24, 2013

  • Ing

    Is there anybody canceling? I would like to join this trip. Please let me know. Thank you

    May 24, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Ing, we are over already by three. Sorry.

      May 24, 2013

  • Shannon B

    Check-in is 12 noon at sites #128 and 129.

    May 24, 2013

  • Christy

    Ok - I just called & here's the scoop that might be helpful. Propane & white gas ARE allowed; doesn't matter what the device is. So Bobby's fire pit is ok. It's sounding like we should be having a contest for the most creative light & warmth idea for our evenings! I was kinda going towards a big tent with us all huddled inside with our drinks to warm us. But maybe I'm thinking it's going to be colder than it will be.. Yet I'm seeing a forecast of a low of 49, and that's cold to me!

    May 24, 2013

  • Ron R

    What about candles?? Sitting around a dozen candles fliickering in the dark would be nice.

    May 22, 2013

    • Beatrice

      We each could bring a candle in a protective holder.

      May 23, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Let's observe the spirit of the law and stick to lanterns and cook stoves.

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • Lori/Lorraine

    Can we stay past noon on Monday? If I pack everything up can I move to the parking lot and stay a few more hours? Also: is there a parking fee we need to pay for the 3 days in addition to the camping fee we chipped in for?

    May 22, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Yes, you can stay later. Yes, there might be an additional fee for parking.

      May 22, 2013

  • Christy

    This is feeling really weird, imagining camping with no fire. Esp since it's going to be chilly! I have 2 electric oil heaters - is there any way we can rig up electricity?? (teasing... ) (well - kinda... are there any MacGyvers out there??!!) :-)

    May 22, 2013

    • Liang

      We can circle around our stoves and stare at those ;^)

      1 · May 22, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Christy, we will be just fine.

      May 22, 2013

  • Diane

    Thanks Shannon but I'm going to back out.

    May 22, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Thanks for letting me know.

      May 22, 2013

  • Jayne F

    Is there a gal I could share a tent with on Saturday night? I'm quiet, no snoring.

    May 22, 2013

  • Jayne F

    I'm wondering if I should pack my hiking poles. Anyone know if these are the kinds of trails in which they'd be helpful or just in the way when you need your hands to scramble? Looking fwd to good times!

    May 21, 2013

    • Shari

      I generally don't care for hiking poles anyway, but I was there a year ago and don't recall any area where I thought they would be useful.

      May 21, 2013

  • Jim R.

    I would like to ride with some one.I can meet any place in greater Sac area.Thanks Jim

    April 14, 2013

    • Beatrice

      Jim, I would like to leave from your house no later than 8:00 AM. I should be arriving at about 7:45 to allow time to load the car. We can leave earlier if you like. Just let me know.

      May 20, 2013

    • Jim R.

      leaving at 8am or earlier is fine with me

      May 21, 2013

  • Ewelina

    Hi! I'm looking for a carpool from Elk Grove or Sacramento.

    May 21, 2013

  • sue v.

    Have two, two-person tents that I am selling. 25.00 each new, but opened. [masked]

    May 21, 2013

    • Diane

      Are they backpacking or stand up tents? I'm interested in bp type.

      May 21, 2013

  • Lisa R

    I would like to ride with someone. I live in south sac and i have a brand new national park pass.

    May 21, 2013

  • Diane

    I'm looking for a carpool. I'm in Carmichael.

    May 20, 2013

  • Lisa R

    Oh No too late...let me know if you start a wait list. :)

    May 20, 2013

  • Jimmy

    I would like to carpool from the Sacramento area Friday evening or Saturday am. Will gladly do some EC swing or Contra dancing and singing too. Thanks Jimmy

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Christy

    Remember - no fires means no charcoal BBQs, too. Only propane/gas. Also - remember quarters for the showers!

    May 20, 2013

  • Susan

    Bummer about the fires. Maybe we can sing around a pile of LED lanterns! :-D

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Cathy H

    Just wondering if it's possible to go up and check in Friday? And Shannon, did you see the comment no fires in the campground? Does that pertain to fire pits in general?

    May 19, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Yes, I made a couple of comments to that effect down below. They only allow fires in the wet season.

      May 19, 2013

  • Cathy H

    I checked the campsites and there are none Friday... answered my own question but just in case someone else was wondering too. No fires in fire pits confirmed. Body heat, I guess to stay warm... haha.

    May 19, 2013

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