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Pinnacles National Park

Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, California

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  • Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Public viewing scopes at the Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Approaching the entrance to the Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Approaching the entrance to the Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Public viewing scopes at the Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Picnic tables at the Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
  • Peaks View Day Use Area, Pinnacles National Park.- Peaks View
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Pros: 
Easy, accessible place to enjoy a taste of the Pinnacles.
Cons: 
Offers glimpses of stunning peaks, but only at a distance.
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Region:
Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Peaks View is a small picnicking and walking area near the east entrance of Pinnacles National Park on the way to the popular Bear Gulch Day Use Area. There is an installation of benches and permanent telescopes with views to the park's high peaks, as well as a series of flat walking trails. Because of the strenuous terrain in the heart of the park, Peaks View offers visitors of all levels of physical fitness an opportunity to enjoy a taste of Pinnacles with minimal exertion. With their views to the high peaks, the telescopes may even provide glimpses of the park's famous California condors.

Pinnacles National Park is the newest national park in the United States, acquiring this status in 2013 after being originally established as a national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. The park features dramatic volcanic rock formations including high peaks, caves, and highly-featured walls that are well suited to rock climbing. The peaks rising above the surrounding farms and grasslands host one of the highest densities of prairie falcons in North America as well as reintroduced California condors and a growing population of peregrine falcons. Other wildlife include coyote, bobcat, California quail, golden eagle, and cougar.

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