Access to bench trail head. Great time to go as the road is closed to the trails and bikes are allowed, so take your bike if you are going! Wide sites with 30amp electric, central dump, and several potable water stations scattered about. If you like COVID-19, flies, direct sun all day, sweltering heat, hiking twice as far because parking areas are closed, then Summer of 2020 at Pinnacles is for you! The campsites have shade and are well-spaced. Young kids would enjoy this2-the trails and caves are a lot of fun. Last Price Paid: $15. This lot is a long distance from most of the sites. The campground offers tent and group camping, along with RV sites. We were really thankful to find a campground with all this lockdown going on. From the campgrounds, you cannot even view the pentacles directly. We hiked the High Peaks Trail and returned to our car on the Condor Gulch Trail. There is also a ton of rock climbing in the park. Explore the High Peaks Area. Sites in the campground are broken into two groups, those in the RV loop which offer electrical hookups and those in the loop that do not offer hookups. It was #134. This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com, If you like to hike and see the CA geology, this is the place. The campground is coarse sand with some gravel, some oak trees, Electric, and some hose bibs spread around. Our electric surge protector noted "open ground" so it kept tripping. Sites have bear boxes, picnic tables, and fire rings. Small store to buy essentials was key because the next town is 45mins to an hour away. more. Up to 20 people per site with multiple adjacent sites available. Also, this is a huge thing that is in the small print. All in all a nice out of the way place, we'd go back later in fall or spring (busiest time). Enjoy Spring Wildflowers. Great Covid-19 getaway! If you’re looking for a weekend camping trip jam packed full of hiking and incredible views, check out my tips for spending a weekend in Pinnacles National Park. I’m sure there are less flies and it is much cooler than but during the Fourth of July weekend of 2020 it was miserable. Excellent trails ranging from easy 2 miles to challenging 9 mile hikes from the campground to all over the park. The tent campground is further back in the trees and very shaded and nice and cool throughout the day. Keep an eye on the ridge southeast of the campground. The pool is closed along with some of the trails. Visit our Find Us page for more information. Minimal shade, but perfect for charging solar. read more, It's a little hard to find and at one point it is a ONE lane road. The sites are marked out in chalk and seem kinda close together, but there w... It can be very hot during the summer, nights do cool off. - See 552 traveler reviews, 810 candid photos, and great deals for Paicines, CA, at Tripadvisor. Many of the sites could have accommodated our 24 ft. TT. It was quite a shame as we drove around seeing numerous campsites that had multiple days booked but after one day, everyone had left. They have electric at each site and communal drinking water spigots throughout the RV park so you don't have to travel with water. We stayed in the "tent" side as we have solar so we don't need electric hook-ups. Which made for easy dog walking or bike riding. Most RV sites have electrical hookups and … Stayed with my small trailer in the tent area and found it lovely and peaceful. The highlights of this park are the rock formations (pinnacles) in the High Peaks and the California Condors. I would go to #134 again, it has a huge tree which creates a canopy and we pitched our tent under that. Folks following mask guidelines and being respectful. 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