796. Pinnacles Middle Loop (09/17/11)
Hikers (12): Alan, David, Diane, Helen, Iris, Mike, Peter, Shuli, Sophie, Steve, Susan, Tony
Distance: 17 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Pinnacles National Monument south of Hollister
Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Tony, Iris, and Alan W
It was 35 degrees when we started the hike and 85 degrees when we ended. A 50-degree swing in the span of a few hours!
In the interest of full disclosure, I will note that Mike, Iris, and myself shortcut in from the reservoir to the Visitor Center, saving 4 miles and a few hundred feet of elevation†. But I did burn some extra calories by intentionally going up the Pig Fence on the right side, I backtracked a few times to pick up stragglers, and I only got a couple of hours' sleep the night before. My conscience is clear!
Here's the link to more of Tony's great pix of the hike.
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