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Pinnacles National Monument is protected mountainous area located east of central California's Salinas Valley. The Monument's namesake are the eroded leftovers of half of an ancient extinct volcano.
The Monument is divided into East and West Divisions by the rock formations and are only connected by trails, but not by roads. The east side has shade and water, the west has high walls. The rock formations provide for spectacular 'pinnacles' that attract rock climbers. It is popular with advanced rock climbers because of the many difficult and challenging climbs. The Monument is most often visited in spring or fall because of the intense heat during the summer months.
There are several trails for day hikers, some of which are strenuous. The trails provide views of the surrounding hills and valleys on clear days. The San Andreas Fault is visible from some vantages along the trails.
Established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a much smaller park, Pinnacles National Monument now includes over 26,000+ acres (97 km.)
Official National Park Service Website: Pinnacles National Monument