We stayed in Monterey for almost two weeks while we waited out the pandemic. In fact, there is so much uncertainty right now that we almost stayed longer. We had reservations for a weekend at Pinnacles National Park, but didn’t know what to expect. Pinnacles isn’t nearly as popular as many of the other California National Parks. We also worried that most of the trails were closed. Fortunately, we decided to go because we had a great weekend.
When we researched the park while we were still in Monterey, closures were the main thing that concerned us. However, the closures may have made our visit even better. The plan set up by the park was to open the campground and most of the trails but close the road inside the park. This worked perfectly for us because we could still bike to the trails. On Saturday, we started early and rode 2.5 miles to the Balconies/Hike Peaks Loop Trail. The hotter weather and 2,000 feet of climbing wore us out, but the scenery was worth it. The caves section of the trail wasn’t open unfortunately, but we enjoyed the rest of it. After our hike, we rode back to the RV and just took it easy the rest of the day.
On Sunday, we did another shorter hike, Condor Gulch. One of the main attractions of Pinnacles is that it is home to the California Condor. Pinnacles is also home to a lot of vultures, which look very similar to the condors. We saw mostly vultures but did manage to see a condor also. We did an out-and-back hike, and Leigh enjoyed walking out on a ledge near the top. I was happy to stay back and take her picture!
Leveling Jack Repair
We had a lot of fun at Pinnacles, but we also knocked out an RV project that has been hanging over us for almost a year now. We experienced super high winds while camping outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park last year. Apparently the winds damaged our front-passenger side leveling jack, and it has leaked ever since. It is an annoying problem too because an alarm sounds whenever the fluid gets low. The only “solution” I’ve found is to remove the fuse while driving so the alarm won’t sound.
We tried multiple times to get it fixed in Colorado with no luck. I gave up on a RV repair place having the ability to fix it and took it to a hydraulic shop in Salinas, CA while we were in Monterey. We picked up the repaired jack on the way to Pinnacles and installed it as soon as we got to the campground. It works perfectly now. We’ll be much more careful with high winds in the future.
After a great visit to Pinnacles, we’re looking forward to getting to San Francisco.