The Pinnacles are volcanic and seemingly arise from nowhere. They are along the San Andreas fault, with entrances from highway 101 near Soledad and 25 south of Hollister
The rocks are really big.
In the spring, creeks and waterfalls flow.
In the summer, rock climbers hang from Machete Ridge and Elephant Rock.
Blooming Venus thistles too.
The rocks are covered with lichens and have lots of minerals in them.
Pinnacles is a breeding area for California condors. We did see a few circling red-tail hawks.