Take a Hike -- Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito County, CA

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Take a Hike -- Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito County, CA

Located about a 2-hour drive south of the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley, the Pinnacles National Monument makes a wonderful destination for hiking, exploring, and finding peace away from the hustle and bustle of our urban area.

Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito Co, CAPinnacles National Monument, San Benito Co, CA

Unlike the cool redwood forests typical of the Santa Cruz mountains, and our nearby grassy oak-studded coastal hills, the Pinnacles is inland, East of Highway 101, West of Highway 152. It is an arid land, with amazing rock formations so rugged that the road dead ends on either side of the park--it's not a long hike from one side to the other, but no road goes through. During the 1930's trails were put in heading to the tops of the Pinnacles, with tunnels blasted through the rock and guard rails heading up steps.

Trail scene, Pinnacles National Monument, CA

The Pinnacles National Monument is an exciting place to visit, for experienced hikers wanting a challenge, technical rock climbers honing their skills, and families with children who love scrambling through dark caves and over boulders. Bird watchers, too, are fascinated here, with a chance to see the rare California Condors, birds with wing spans up to 9' long. There's no mistaking a condor for anything else!

Best enjoyed in Spring and Fall, The Pinnacles National Monument is very hot in the summer. Think about setting aside a day soon for a nice ride and a great adventure.

Comments (8)

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Love the "take a hike" Lottie!  Cute! 

Where you live sounds like a beautiful and full menu of all kinds of possibilities.  You're a great promoter for your area ... 

Gene

Nov 09, 2010 10:57 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Gene -- I find I promote the lifestyle to people, especially when they're relocating from other parts of the contry, or other countries. Housing is expensive, small and old compared with many areas--but we're outdoors playing 12 months of the year, going to concerts, hearing people like the Dalai Lama speak at Stanford, enjoying the beach one day, and skiing in the Sierra Nevada the next. You and your wife really must come to visit sometime.

Nov 09, 2010 03:20 PM
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Great destination tip for all moving to or visiting your area!

Nov 12, 2010 12:17 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Gina -- California's landscape is quite varied; from arid, rocky places like the Pinnacles National Monument, to cool, foggy beaches--all within reach in a couple of hours. Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 12, 2010 02:54 AM
Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Lottie: I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of your area...You are one lucky lady indeed!

Nov 12, 2010 11:44 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Kim -- come out and explore sometime--you'll have a great time.

Nov 13, 2010 05:04 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I love the mountain, so beautiful, only flat land here, and the Gulf, but I'd still take the mountains.

Nov 13, 2010 03:47 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Cindy - every area has it's plusses, but when you need a mountain fix, come visit the San Francisco Bay Area--you'd enjoy it!

Nov 16, 2010 02:44 AM