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Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles! Time to go back and check out the caves (which should be fully open the last week of Oct.).
This trail is rated as hard. Bring plenty of sun/wind protection and fluids to drink. Also, don't forget headlamps and facemasks for the cave sections.
I plan to enter via the east entrance and park at Old Pinnacles Trail parking).
This trail is a loop, 12.2 miles long with 3244 ft. of elevation gain.
This loop is rated as moderate and is 11m long with about 2000ft of elevation gain.
Most of the hike is exposed but there are sections with shade. A lot of reviews say that the views from the summit of Black Mountain are great. This trail goes through 4 or 5 different parks so it should be a nice mix of views and terrain.
This loop is rated as Hard and is 11.3 miles long with about 3100ft of elevation gain. I can't find much descriptive information about the hike, but looking through the pictures posted, it looks like its pretty exposed. Expect plenty of sun, wind, fog and cooler coastal temps. Oh - and hills, expect plenty of uphill.