Pinnacles Campground

Paicines, California 95043

Pinnacles Campground

Pinnacles Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Pinnacles National Park 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 inside the park’s eastern boundary. Pinnacles National Park has limited parking inside the park; by setting up a base camp at the campground, you can walk into the park or take a convenient shuttle bus.

This translates to extra snuggle time in your sleeping bag, because even when the national monument’s lots fill early, you won’t be turned away on foot. From April to October, cool down after a grueling hike with a dip in the campground pool, then return to your campsite and lounge about. Most of the campground’s sites are at least partly shaded by coast live oaks, and there is a pleasant feeling of spaciousness at this campground."

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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.
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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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Swimming, Hiking
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Flush toilets, drinking water, firewood for sale, swimming pool (seasonal), coin-operated hot showers, store.

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