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972. Pinnacles Middle Loop (02/22/15)

Hikers (12): Alan, Brad, George, Giulia, Jim, Milon, Nick, Peter, Sarbinder, Sean C, Shuli, Sophie
Distance: 17 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Pinnacles National Monument south of Hollister

Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Alan W and George

A nice day at the Pig Fence, and it lived up to expectations. All 12 of us made it to North Chalone Peak via various Pig Fence routes, along with the requisite scrapes and scratches, and also with soaking wet smelly feet, courtesy of the swamp at the South Wilderness Trail.


Brad shows good creek wading form


Yuck, yuck, yuck!


The mighty Pig Fence comes into view


Sean C wondering what's he got himself into


Looking back from the top of the climb


Uphill's not done yet -- still need to get to North Chalone Peak


Enjoying the view of the High Peaks from North Peak as we finally take a break

After that, 10 of us went on to High Peaks. As I was straggling far behind, I took the High Peaks Trail back down to the car, but the others did the Condor Trail.


The view from the High Peaks is worth the trip

On the way back down from the High Peaks, I enjoyed the beautiful fragrance of buck brush filling the air -- gorgeous way to end the hike (and thanks to UG for finding the name of the tree).


Mmmmmmm, buck brush!

Sadly we did not get any photos of Giulia's blood-soaked arm, but we did manage to convince her to go the hospital afterwards to get a tetanus shot.

Milestones:
Sarbinder's 40th leaf
Sean C's 1st leaf



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