Action Wipes stopped by Pinnacles National
Park, the newest US National Monument, to do a little hiking. From the
moment you enter the park, Pinnacles bombards your senses with the spectacular
remains of an ancient volcano with names like Machete Ridge, Resurrection Wall
and Frog Canyon. This time of year is a great time to visit as it is still
relatively cool and the wildflowers are blooming everywhere.
has over 30 miles of hiking trails ranging from “easy” to "strenuous.” Because our time was limited,
we chose a loop via the Balconies Cliff and Cave trails (Moderate but with some
tricky cave passages). With our back packs loaded with jackets, flashlights
(for the Balconies Cave Trail) and some of our famous body
wipes to pass out to hikers on the trail, we set off on our hike.
trails meander through massive monoliths and sheer-walled canyons that are home
to the elusive and endangered California condor.
Pinnacles is a nesting area and one of the very few release sites of the
condor, an amazing but endangered species that can have a wingspan of over 9
feet! We didn't see one, but hope to next time. The contrast between the
spectacular granite rock spires and the luscious green foliage was incredible.
Speaking of green, the poison oak was big and plentiful, so watch your step (remember
that Action Wipes helps reduce
the effects of poison oak exposure).
from fantastic hiking, there is plenty of rock climbing opportunities as well.
Climbing areas are clearly marked, so please make sure to follow the
signs. Also, be prepared when hiking through Balconies Cave - If you're
claustrophobic, we would not recommend this passage. The caves are dark, very
dark with several steep areas, enclosed quarters and did we say dark? But if
you're adventurous, have a flash light and are mentally prepared - go for it,
Pinnacles National Park Balconies Cave from Action Wipes on Vimeo. It was a
great day and we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to explore the
newest addition to the National Park System. We'll definitely be back and plan
on camping, discovering more trails and spreading more Action Wipes mojo.
happen to be on the California
Central Coast, plan on a visit. Pinnacles is 140 miles south of the Bay
area and just a few miles off the 101 near Soledad,
California. But if you go, please, leave no trace and obey all park
regulations. It was sad to find several pieces of trash littered along the