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New Years Eve at Pinnacles

On New Years Eve I ended up at Pinnacles National Park. This time I went to the western entrance near Soledad. The drive was beautiful and it seemed less crowded than the eastern entrance. I'll be sure to come back.

My hike went up the Juniper Canyon Trail. I continued just a little bit past the junction with Tunnel Trail. It's a steep trail with plenty of switchbacks.
Switchback views

The cliffs on this side of the park are even more dramatic than on the west side. You also get closer to them.
Dramatic cliffs in the sun

By the time I came back to the parking lot, the shadows were getting long and the moon had come up.
Moon over Pinnacles