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.
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.
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).
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.
Sarbinder's 40th leaf
Sean C's 1st leaf
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