Park Number: 17/59
First Visited: March 7, 2011
Pinnacles is what a volcano looks like when fault lines tear through it, dragging one half of the mountain 150 miles down the coast. Pinnacles is what reintroducing a nearly extinct bird into the world looks like—the California condor. Pinnacles is what climbing through creek-filled caves feels like, as you shimmy and crawl in the dark, catching glimmers of light spilling through the precariously-balanced boulders above. Pinnacles is what the most recently added national park to the system looks like (January 10, 2013). But words are just a placeholder, just another false vessel—come see the park for yourself.