Pinnacles National Park
Please be ready to start walking at 8:00 AM.
Bring $5.00 for the entrance fee.
Bear Gulch Day Use Area on the East Side.
About 13 miles and up to 5,000' elevation gain, taking 7 hours or so.
In addition to the Ten Essentials you will need a flashlight or headlamp for the caves we will walk through.
Optional – Camping
There are campgrounds on the East Side about 3.5 miles from the Bear Gulch Day Use Area. If you stay Friday or Saturday, you'll have a good chance of seeing a few condors riding the thermals as the air warms up in the morning.
Optional – Rock Climbing
If you plan to stay until Sunday, you can get in some rock climbing. See email for details.
Pinnacles National Park Home Page
How To Get There
Note that there is no road that connects the east and west entrances of the park. The shortest route from the east entrance to the west entrance (or from west to east) is through the town of King City on Hwy 101.
From the North
Take Hwy 101 south through the city of Gilroy to Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25, go through the town of Hollister and continue about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146, then turn left into the Pinnacles Campground to check in at Pinnacles Visitor Center. From the campground, the Bear Gulch Area is 3.5 miles further into the park along Hwy 146.
From the South
Take Hwy 101 North to the town of King City. Exit at 1st Street. Turn right toward King City. Continue straight until 1st St turns into Bitterwater Rd (Monterey County G13). Follow Bitterwater Rd until it intersects Hwy 25. Turn left on Hwy 25 (North) and follow for ~15 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 146 to enter the monument. Turn left into the Pinnacles Campground and check in at Pinnacles Visitor Center. The Bear Gulch Area is 3.5 miles further into the park along Hwy. 146.