|In our driveway... while I was loading up the van, the kiddos were looking at maps, honking the horn, eagerly waiting for our next adventure!|
So here we are at Pinnacles NP. The last time I went here it was for climbing... probably over 12 years ago. I was quite impressed with the number of routes here and had very high expectations of the climbing... and boy was I disappointed. The rock here is not like Yosemite. It basically looks like a muddy washed out cliff with rocks stuck to it. The climbing here is known for having loose holds... I think it's one of those things you learn to appreciate over time. The andesite and rhyolite formations were formed by an ancient volcano... eroding and weathering of the exposed rock creates the impressive formations appreciated today.
This is California's newest national park, having been signed by Obama on Jan 2013.
|Kiddos ready for some hikin'!|
|Kimbo wore matching shirt|
|crazy trees growing amongst the mind altering rock formations.|
|Kai likes to hold hands...|
|Nikko also holding hands with a monkey...|
|our camp! There were plenty of sites open, and many of them were quite nice. Look on Yelp to see what sites folks recommend. There are some really nice ones, and some pairs that would be fun to get with another fam.|
|reheating our dinner...|
|Nikko learning the art of S'more cooking|
|walking off our desert with an evening walk/strider ride.|
|The next morning, we decided to go on a bigger hike. I was a bit hesitant as this would be Kai's longest hike to date. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11490995|
|And it was never flat... 1300+ ft of elevation!|
|and quite scary. I had to spot him a few times.|
|Group pic at the top!|
|now for the hard part... the descent.|
- Weekend Sherpa
- Yelp - has good camping recs.
- Modern Hiker - good descriptions of some hikes - Bear Gulch Cave - High Peaks Loop
- Cave Status
- Mountain Project - lots of basic info, geared towards climbers.