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North Chalone Peak, Pinnacles National Park (East Entrance) via Hwy 25
This is a 9.3 miles out and back hike with a 2040 ft. elevation gain. We will take the Moses Spring trail up to the Reservoir. There we will take a short break. From the reservoir we will take the Chalone Peak Trail towards North Chalone Peak. There is no water available on this hike except at Bear Gulch. Those who wish to traverse the caves, bring a flashlight. Also, if rains have been recent, shoes may get wet so prepare accordingly. BTW: We have done this hike 7 times...3 of those times we have seen California Condors!! Meeting Location: As you enter, you will see the Pinnacles National Park Visitor Center. There is a $25.00 entrance fee at this point. Continue 2.3 miles or so to the Bear Gulch Day Use Area parking area We will meet there (near the bathrooms). """"Don't be late!!!""" Be prepared have to take the shuttle!! Plan for arriving a 1/2 hour or more early!! ****For those who are interested we will meet for an early dinner at The 19th Hole located at 7071 Airline Hwy., Tres Pinos, Ca.!! (as they say "Once a Saloon always a Saloon.. Founded in 1883 they serve "hearty" "Home Grown" food!!! I hear that the food is good!!**** . Meeting Time at Bear Gulch: 10:00 am. From Salinas the drive is 1 1/2 hours!! Difficulty: Strenuous for distance and elevation gain Total elevation gain: around 2,040 ft. Mileage: around 9.3 miles Time: around 5.5 hours For more info on Pinnacles their website is Heavy Snow, Rain will cancel. Bring either headlamp or flashlight If you want to traverse the cave! There is no water available on this hike so bring 2-3 ltrs.!!! after Bear Gulch) Bring snacks!! This is through the East Entrance to Pinnacles National Park!!! Driving Directions: From Hollister take Hwy 25 (Airline HWY) at approx. 16.5 miles make a right turn onto Hwy 146... RESPONSIBILITY: Your are responsible for your safety. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume the risks associated with the activities. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that he/she is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in the hiking activity, and to bring appropriate clothing, water, food, and other essentials. . The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group and the individual hike organizers make no representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the "About" section under Pages on the top of the homepage.

Pinnacles National Monument

5000 California 146 · Paicines, CA


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The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group is for people who enjoy hiking, being outdoors and socializing. We explore many areas throughout the Monterey Peninsula, BigSur/ Ventana Wilderness, and Santa Cruz Mountains. On occasion, we will offer events out of the area. Hikes are generally for most levels; from 4 mile hikes with minimal elevation gain to 20 mile expeditions with significant elevation gain. Hikes may be scheduled on any day of the week and usually last between 3-5 hours. For those interested in multi-day activities, there will be some car camping or backpacking trips.

Please be advised that we are not a walking group and therefore do not expect to see many short hikes (less than 3 miles) over level terrain . Please match the hike to your skill level.

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