Pinnacles ROB Hike
November 18, 2007
We arrived to the school and got everything squared away. Everyone went to their cars and we began the two-hour drive down to Pinnacles National monument. When we finally arrived we decided to take a bathroom break before hitting the trail. Then we drove up the road to the trailhead.
The first part of the trail was hard, it was a winding road with almost no shade. And to top it off, there were no clouds to block the sun, so it was really hot, too. After a few hours we finally reached the trailhead we wanted. Most of the rest of the hike would be in shade. We took a break here, as always, with trailheads. We hiked for a while more, and then came to another trail junction. Here we took a long break, waiting for everyone to catch up. Then we walked a little ways further and ate lunch.
After lunch, we began the “stair trek”, which was the part of the hike that had stairs cut into the rock. Finally, we began to walk down the mountain. On the way we decided to stop by the Pinnacles Reservoir. As we took a break here, two scouts scouted up ahead, like good scouts do. However, they couldn’t help but go on an adventure.
After this, we walked down a path to the second half of the Pinnacles caves, because the first half was closed. However, the caves weren’t that amazing. It was basically a downward tunnel with stairs. If you’ve been to Moaning Caverns, you didn’t miss anything.
Then the path took us back to the road where we hiked back down to the cars, and drove the two-hour drive home.
James H., Troop Historian