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Great Spring Weekend Getaways: Hiking Pinnacles National Park, CA

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Hiking Pinnacles National Park, CA

Getaway from: San Francisco, Los Angeles

Formed more then 23 million years ago, the red rocks at this year-old national park, in California’s Steinbeck country, rival Sedona’s. But Pinnacles is more than just rock formations: between March and May, 80 percent of the scrubby plants that surround the rocky landscape are in bloom. Use the park’s western entrance to get to the High Peaks Trail, a 5.5-mile round-trip hike among eerie volcanic-remnant rock spires, blooming lupines, and springtime poppies. The park also draws bird-watchers for its endangered condor and raptor populations.

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