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Pinnacles National Park

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Pinnacles National Park is East of Salinas, and North of King City. Pinnacles National Park was formally known as Pinnacles National Monument, and was given National Park Status in 2013. Pinnacles is an ancient volcano range, that was split apart by the forces of the San Andreas Fault line. From the NPS Website: "Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcanic field. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement."

Pinnacles has many great hiking trails, breathtaking views, and a large natural cave that can be explored. It is the least well known of the park system, but it is one of the best in terms of scenery. If one is traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles or Santa Barbara along highway 101, it is easly accessable from Salinas, California.

For more information visit the National Park Service Website: http://www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm

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