Pinnacles Campground

Paicines, California

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Pinnacles National Monument is a fascinating park. Miles of challenging trails thread over rock outcrops, along creeks, and even through caves. Unfortunately, the park’s prime walk-in campground, on the west side of the park, was washed away in 1998’s El Niño flooding, and there are no plans to rebuild. Fortunately, a wonderful, privately run campground sits just over the park’s eastern boundary.
The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

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The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

by Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai (Menasha Ridge Press)

Pinnacles National Monument is a fascinating park. Miles of challenging trails thread over rock outcrops, along creeks, and even through caves. Unfortunately, the park’s prime walk-in campground, on the west side of the park, was washed away in 1998’s El Niño flooding, and there are no plans to rebuild. Fortunately, a wonderful, privately run campground sits just over the park’s eastern boundary.

©  Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Paicines
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pinnacles National Park
Topo Map: Pinnacles Campground Topographic Map
Guide Book: The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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4/12/2009

This was a great bike ride between the ocean and the Satwiwa Cultural Center. The trip is 8 miles each way. I started at the beach and rode slightly uphill to the cultural center then virtually coasted all the way back to the ocean. Wide smooth dirt fire road for first 5 miles becomes paved for final 3 miles. There is a rather steep uphill climb toward the end of this ride if you start at the beach. Very scenic. Pleasant natural aromas. Fairly well traveled.

8/13/2007

Sycamore Canyon did not dissapoint. The Vista Point Trail, although only marked as 0.7 miles does climb approximately 600 feet or so and provides stunning views of the ocean and the canyons. I highly reccommend this park, the trails, the campground..which is not bad considering the vicinity to Los Angeles. One of my favorite haunts!!

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