West Entrance—Pinnacles National Park
Location: Soledad, California
Length of visit: half to full day
Major draws: Scenic views, talus caves, endangered California condors, rock climbing
Strenuosity: 5 out of 10
Cost/Fees: $15 per vehicle or America the Beautiful pass
Additional considerations: Poison-oak, narrow and windy roads, flashlights required for talus caves, bring binoculars to differentiate condors and buzzards, gates locked at night
Description: The newest “National Park” in the NPS system, it is the best place in the state to view endangered California condors soaring above the rock formations for which the park is named. Trails are typically steep and composed of loose gravel.