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West Pinnacles
Pinnacles National Park, California

The Pinnacles are rugged enough that no road has ever been built across the Gabilan Range here. Though the west side is easily approached from Highway 101 it remains the less-developed and less-visited half of the park. The small campground that used to be there is now day-use only.

From the parking lot at West Pinnacles there are several routes threading through the rocks and gullies of the Pinnacles. Tiny Chalone Creek leads to the caves and climbing areas of the Balconies and Machete Ridge. Sycamore Canyon leads to the High Peaks, and the Tunnel Trail traverses the western cliffs.

Pinnacles National Park
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Distant view of the Pinnacles from the west side road

Distant view of the Pinnacles from the west side road

Distant view of the Pinnacles from the west side road

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Near the Chaparral ranger station on the west side of Pinnacles

Near the Chaparral ranger station on the west side of Pinnacles

Near the Chaparral ranger station on the west side of Pinnacles

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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A grassy knoll west of the Pinnacles

A grassy knoll west of the Pinnacles

A grassy knoll west of the Pinnacles

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Spring meadow on Chalone Creek, west side of the Pinnacles

Spring meadow on Chalone Creek, west side of the Pinnacles

Spring meadow on Chalone Creek, west side of the Pinnacles

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Giant boulders along Chalone Creek

Giant boulders along Chalone Creek

Giant boulders along Chalone Creek

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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On the Balconies trail, next to Machete Ridge

On the Balconies trail, next to Machete Ridge

On the Balconies trail, next to Machete Ridge

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Under the Balconies cliffs, opposite Machete Ridge

Under the Balconies cliffs, opposite Machete Ridge

Under the Balconies cliffs, opposite Machete Ridge

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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High on the Sycamore Canyon trail, west side of the Pinnacles

High on the Sycamore Canyon trail, west side of the Pinnacles

High on the Sycamore Canyon trail, west side of the Pinnacles

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 12, 2006
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Gray pine on the Sycamore Canyon trail

Gray pine on the Sycamore Canyon trail

Gray pine on the Sycamore Canyon trail

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 12, 2006
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Above the tunnel on the Tunnel Trail

Above the tunnel on the Tunnel Trail

Above the tunnel on the Tunnel Trail

Pinnacles National Park, California

Date photographed: May 12, 2006
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