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Condors: This is a the yearly photo hike at Pinnacles National Park

California Condors - Soaring among the high peaks.
That is if the birds get the memo....
Join us at Pinnacles National Park for a hike and an opportunity to see the giant condors.

This is a Photo hike lead by (Mary, Tim,  & Patrick)
We will be providing hands on instruction in composition and landscape photography.

This trip happens rain or shine. We hope for a bit of rain as it makes for nice puffy clouds in the sky.

Plan on 2.5 hours to get there; 2 hours to Soledad (WEST side, not the East side out of Hollister), and half an hour to get to the park from Soledad. We will meet at the parking lot at the end of the road.  We plan to be on the trail by 9:30 am to catch the light before it gets too harsh.

The hike is a loop hike gaining 1,200 feet in about 3 miles. There are bathrooms at the Top and bottom, but not where we will be having lunch. This is an all day event.   And then a return trip on the loop of about 3 miles.  We sometimes eat dinner together afterwards.

Here is a link to the park info: Pinnacles National Park

What to bring:

• Hiking boots & clothes

• Water (no water on the trail)

• Sack lunch that we eat at the top while we wait for condors

• It can range from Cold to in the 80s so bring a variety of clothes.

• Camera Extra lens if you are so inclined (telephoto for the condors, wide angle, macro, gradient filters, ND filters)

• Tripod if you have one

• Extra battery & cards

• Toilet paper The bathroom at the top is often out of paper

• Sunscreen

Optional Stuff

• More Camera stuff

• Hat

• Extra clothes

• More food

• Clothes to change into once back at the car

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  • Laura M.

    Beautiful photos, gang. I had a great time this weekend, but wish I could have been in 2 places at once so I could have joined you.

    May 4, 2014

  • Laura M.

    Iwould love to do this, since I love anything wildlife and have been wanting to go to Pinnacles. But I'll be in SF on a girls weekend having way too much fun! Have a great time. Please post photos.

    April 27, 2014

    • Patrick

      LOL - Girls got to have her priorities... We will miss you

      April 29, 2014

    • Patrick

      Laura, signup on for more workshops, although we can't off you Girls Night, we can teach you how to shoot it. :-)

      May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will going from South San Jose and have no problem picking you or anyone else up. It helps me too as finding the meeting spot would be easier. Would need an address to program in my GPS. Emails is [masked]. Cheers!

    April 27, 2014

  • Patrick

    Looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday !
    I'll be emailing out a handout in a day or so with more information.

    If you are interested in carpooling the 3 instructors have a total of 4 seats available for carpooling. We will be meeting at 5:45 at a local starbucks, drive to Salinas, have breakfast and then be on our way.

    I am hoping that the rain this last weekend plus the warm weather will have brought out the wild flowers.

    NOTE the poison oak is out in full force.

    April 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can you please give me address of the Starbucks.....I can drive up there at any time that work for you. Thanks.

      April 29, 2014

  • Dawn

    Carpool? Carpool? carpool?

    April 27, 2014

    • Patrick

      Yes, we are leaving at 5:45 from a starbucks over here

      April 29, 2014

  • J.D. M.

    Not a memeber of this particular group (yet, anyway), but just curious: $20 fee? What exactly is that for?

    April 28, 2014

  • Froukje B.

    We just went to the other side this last weekend, and stayed for camping. You basically hike to the same top from the other side. Pinnacles is awesome and a great spot for photography. See the possibilities for photos here:

    April 28, 2014

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