During one of my trips to Hollister Hills SVRA I’ve noticed a sign showing direction to Pinnacles National Park. I’ve never heard of it before, but decided that we should check it out one day. Las week we’ve finally decided to visit it. Quick online search showed that there are trails that go through caves. This sounds like a nice family adventure. So we woke up early Saturday, packed and took of at about 9am.
Here an advice for you, plan your trip so that you get there by 9.30. Park opens at 9.30, we’ve arrived at 10 and there was almost no parking left.
The entrance fee is $15 dollars. As we had some more National parks trips planned for this year, we’ve upgraded it to yearly National Parks pass ($80). You can pay for the pass and get the map at the visitor/information center. There is also a campground right next to it.
On April 2 the campground was full.
Our truck enter the national park, but we didn’t go too far. Ranger stopped us right in front of the Pinnacles National Park sign and told that there was no parking available beyond this point and offered to park n the side of the road.
We have a Deuter Kids Comfort baby carrier the helped a lot when Kate was little. It was the first time Mark got into stand he enjoyed it.
After applying sunblock, we finally took off. We’ve decided to go to Bear Gulch caves and reservoir, as it seemed like a shorter hike (about 2-2.5 miles based on the map).
After about 1.2 mile of hike we’ve got to a Nature Center
After the reservoir we turned around. It took us about 1.5-2 hours to get here. We’ve decided to go around the caves on the way back not to go against majority of the traffic.
Overall it was a great day trip. Everyone enjoyed it and we would definitely like to come back one day.