This gem of a pristine wildland tucked into the center of the Inner Coast Range along the boundary of Monterey and San Benito County features towering, brightly-hued volcanic cliffs, cool riparian streamside woodland, riotous spring flower displays, and is home to nesting prairie and peregrine falcon and wide variety of songbird species. An extra inducement for this visit is the introduction and breeding of the California condor within the park, which now roam free at the Pinnacles. We may have opportunities to observe these birds during our time on the trail.
We will explore portions of this fascinating wildlife mecca at the height of the spring wildflower season and the onset of the annual bird migration. An excellent, easily navigated trail system provides comfortable access to excellent viewing opportunities.
Our early meeting time puts us in the park when parking is easier to find closer to our trailheads, so be sure to plan for travel time.
Park entrance fees apply, unless you have a National Park Service annual pass or Golden Eagle Passport.
Please see Extension Class Resources web page for directions, meeting place, and other important information about this class.