Explore Pinnacles National Park for your Labor Day Adventure
Created in 2013, Pinnacles National Park is the newest addition to the National Park Service. While there travelers can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms, while hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life.
Hiking – Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails that showcase the beauty of the park up close and personal. Hikes range from flat stretches of grasslands to uphill climbs through talus caves onward to the rocky spires that Pinnacles is famous for.
Climbing – If you’re looking for a vertical adventure, Pinnacles National Park offers a variety of climbing routes that range from easy topropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.
Caving – Pinnacles National Park has two main areas of caves: the Bear Gulch Caves and the Balconies Caves. Both have trails that can take you through the caves, but be sure to check ahead to make sure the caves will be open!
While you are there, be sure to watch for California condors, too. The California condor is one of the rarest birds, with only 450 left in the world. In 1980, there were only 27 birds left in the wild. All were captured and bred in captivity in order to save the species and later reintroduced into The Pinnacles. The California condor has a wingspan of 9.8 feet and weighs up to 26 pounds. Condors do not migrate and can be seen in the park year round.
There are currently 27 free-flying adult and juvenile condors at The Pinnacles managed by Pinnacles National Park.