Day tripping from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

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Although San Francisco, San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley have no end to activities, sometimes a day trip just feels right.

Pinnacles NP

Recently I posted a couple of pictures at the Pinnacles National Park taken back in 2008 with my first cell phone camera, thinking several people might recognize the location; no one did, so here's a primer for you.

Directions to Pinnacles NP from SF Bay AreaWith cooler weather in store soon, The Pinnacles National Park is a great destination for a day trip, whether you're a hiker, a technical rock climber, rock scrambler or simply love a nice picnic in dramatic surroundings. One might even be granted the sight of a condor soaring overhead, with its unbelievably large wing span.

Very hot and dry in the summer, North Chalone Peak can be foggy, cold and even sport a dusting of snow in the winter. The Pinnacles beckon me most in October, when the subtle color of the rock and vegetation glow, and again in the March-May period, when wildflowers bloom in profusion.

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt named the Pinnacles a National Monument, which status remained until 2013 when President Barack Obama made the Pinnacles the newest National Park. Many of today's trails, including the exciting climb to the High Peaks and the one into the Bear Gulch caves were created and improved by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC, from 1933 to 1942. To learn more about the history of the Pinnacles, check out this link to the history of the Pinnacles.

parking and picnic area, west side, Pinnacles

When next you feel the urge to experience some wilderness, peace and solitude, take a drive to The Pinnacles, and return home with your soul refreshed.


Comments (7)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lottie that is one of my FAVORITE parts of the county, thank you for sharing the pictures.

Sep 12, 2015 08:46 AM
Lottie Kendall

It's a grand place to enjoy - fall and spring are my favorite times at The Pinnacles.

Sep 12, 2015 08:57 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Gorgeous!  This would be my kind of day trip Lottie - fun!

Sep 12, 2015 08:51 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Yes, Anna Banana Kruchten - you would love it, without a doubt. Maybe some day you will.

Sep 12, 2015 08:56 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Lottie, I love this post.. it's so well written and a great enticer to everyone to visit Pinnacles National Park. 

Sep 12, 2015 09:26 AM
Lottie Kendall

This is truly a unique park, Judi K Barrett 

Sep 12, 2015 11:11 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Lottie - No wonder I couldn't figure out where you were from those photos in your earlier post. I have never even heard of The Pinnacles.

However, we have a place called Pinnacle Peak here in Arizona.

Sep 12, 2015 04:11 PM
Lottie Kendall

Pinnacle Peak and Pinnacles National Park share attributes it appears, Troy Erickson. Nice places.

Sep 12, 2015 11:14 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Lottie. I can understand why you want to be on these trails, it looks like a wonderful area to hike.

Sep 12, 2015 07:53 PM
Lottie Kendall

It is a wonderful place, Joe Petrowsky . In the fall, one often sees only a handful of people because of its remote location.

Sep 12, 2015 11:16 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I will visit the park when i visit San Francisco.

Sep 12, 2015 09:35 PM
Lottie Kendall

The Pinnacles is off the beaten track, Gita Bantwal , but a day trip gives one a glimpse of a different California.

Sep 12, 2015 11:17 PM