Too Short Long Weekend / by Turner Fitch

Bear Gulch Reservoir.

Bear Gulch Reservoir.

Pinnacles National Park in central California, is the newest National Park in the United States. The massive rocks and caves are the product of the Naneech Volcano which erupted millions of years ago and is now extinct. Eons of tectonic plate movement has shifted the infamous pinnacle formations, as well as the whole park, approximately 196 miles north along the San Andreas Fault. The park continues to move roughly 3-6 centimeters per year. The result of all this geologic activity is a feast of color and texture that would make any outdoor lover drool. As always though, this long weekend trip ended far too soon.

Giant Rock Outcroppings on High Peaks Trail.

Giant Rock Outcroppings on High Peaks Trail.

Bear Gulch Cave is a magnificent talus cave that is easily accessible within the park. 

Bear Gulch Cave is a magnificent talus cave that is easily accessible within the park. 

Formations on High Peaks Trail.

Formations on High Peaks Trail.

Looking out over the landscape.

Looking out over the landscape.

High Peaks trail.

High Peaks trail.