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435. Balconies Caves and High Peaks (02/26/05)

Hikers (16): Blinky, Bobbie, Carissa, Chester, George, Gwynneth, Hoy, Janice, Kevin T, Padraig, Peter, Ross, Rudi, Sparky, Steve, Sue
Distance: 9 miles
Rating: 3 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Pinnacles National Monument south of Hollister

Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by George

Sue crosses Chalone Creek with the grace of a ballerina

Majestic view of the Pinnacles

The vultures were circling -- no, they're condors!

Man, this rock is heavy!

The water was deep (and cold) in the caves!

Lunch by the waterfall

One idiot went under the falls (it was freezing!)

The view towards Soledad as we headed up to the High Peaks

Chester and Padraig climb the stairway to heaven

Crags, crags, crags!

You never know what will crawl out from under a rock


Ross looks over the waterfall heading down into the Bear Gulch Caves

The water was flowing inside the cave

Chester's 20th leaf
George's 60th leaf

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