Annual WEST side pinnacles trip

This is the annual trip to the Pinnacles ! For those of you who have been, you know that it is a great trip. Last year everyone had fear of the rain (it was pouring cats and dogs in San Jose), but it was mixed clouds and light sprinkles at the Pinnacle. Every year the weather has cooperated by being cloudy (makes for great pics). Weather does NOT cancel the trip. We have had a variety of weather over the years on each trip ranging from sun to minor snow flurries. This is to the WEST ! side of the Pinnacles (Soledad). Every year someone goes to the East side (Holister). The west side is out of Soledad!. Do not follow the signs to Hollister and the Pinnacles. (Ignore the address of 5000 Hwy 146... Your GPS will take you to the East side) This is an all day event it ususally takes about 1.5 to 2 hours each way for travel time. There are a variety of trails from short and easy to a 6 mile round trip to the high peaks and to see the condors. Bring a lunch and water, sun screen, coat, dark glasses, boots. There are typically wild flowers, spectacular rocks, a couple of small creeks and maybe condors. It is a great time of year to be there, not hot, lush greens, oranges and pinks. Lots of opportunities for different types of photos. Directions take Hwy 101 south to Soledad (roughly 80 miles from San Jose) follow signs to town of Soledad, Follow signs for hwy 146 (follow the road until it ends at the park) There is a parking fee, probably about $8 I strongly suggest carpooling, it makes for a nicer trip. Contact me if you have questions.

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  • John

    Here are my shots from the hike

    March 2, 2010

  • Terr G.

    We got there too late, 1030, missed the group. But made the best of doing 2 short hikes. We kept an eye out for the others, but never connected.

    March 1, 2010

  • Patrick

    I think that we had a good time, and we did get to see the Condors!

    February 28, 2010

  • Joel E.

    See people there!

    February 28, 2010

  • Patrick

    Looks like great weather !
    Hope everyone has rides. See you there

    February 28, 2010

  • Patrick

    I'm going to try and get out of here early enough (7:30) to get there early. I have a passenger now.

    February 27, 2010

  • Terr G.

    This will be my 1st meet w/ this group. I've been to both sides of Pinnacles. Which side has the bat caves? So far, driving alone in my 2 seater Jeep. From MounView. Would take on 1 passenger. Would like to exchange at least 2 cell ph# w/ any member. E-mail me for numbers or passenger. [masked]

    February 27, 2010

  • Patrick

    I'm at 280 and Lawerence expressway. At Lawerence and Stevens Cr. there is a Starbucks that I could pick 1 or 2 people up at.

    ALSO, I tend to drive fast, so if you tend towards car sickness please decide not to ride with me. :-)

    February 26, 2010

  • Patrick

    It looks like I have room for 1 (front seat) and possible a second person in the backseat (although that might not be as comfortable)

    February 26, 2010

  • Marcia

    Still looking for a carpool opp - if you have room please contact me via the meetup email. Thanks.

    February 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm from Stanford/Palo Alto, so if you guys wanna pitch in for gas, I'd be up for putting you in my car. email me at [masked] to arrange it.

    February 20, 2010

  • Patrick

    Most people do the long hike (5 mile loop trail to the high peaks)

    February 17, 2010

  • Teddy

    I live in San Jose, Evergreen Area. I can pitch in gas money for carpool and even split parking fee.

    February 14, 2010

  • Jynn

    Looking for carpool from S. San Jose (Almaden/I85) area, thanks.

    February 14, 2010

  • Patrick

    take a look at
    for some pics from other years

    February 3, 2010

  • G Dan M.

    Yeah, night photography at the pinnacles! :-)

    February 2, 2010

  • Patrick

    OOPS !

    February 1, 2010

  • allan c.


    January 31, 2010

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