"The park is named for its "pinnacles," or unique sandstone formations, and for the town of Peshastin, located three miles away. The area has been popular for rock climbing since the 1960s. In 1986, land owners closed the pinnacles to climbers for liability reasons. Later, The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit group, purchased and developed the site, then sold it to State Parks."
|From the Washington State Parks website.|
|From the parking lot, you must pass through this gate to get to the trails.|
|Does anyone know what this plant is? These seed pods were soft and squishy.|
|From the back (north) side of the summit, we could see a Tee Pee|
|Apparently a lot of rock climbers enjoy |
climbing here in this state park.
|I couldn't get over the view; AMAZING! The Wenatchee River, pear orchards, the |
Enchantment Mountain Range....beautiful! Can you see my car down there?
|Linda & Julie on the way down, via a traverse on the west side of the hill.|
I love how firmly planted Linda's feet are!
|Me, Linda, Julie & Jeannie. I set the camera on a picnic table, set the |
timer to 10 seconds and......Voila, we had a group photo.
The three of us were almost to the bottom and we noticed that Jeannie had gotten out of the car and was stopped on the trail. She went about 50' and decided it was too steep. She recalled that I said the trail was "flat"; if I did say that, I was WRONG! It was quite the steep trail; short but mighty! It would NOT be fun in the rainy weather. I do know that this park closes for the winter on October 15th and reopens in March, which makes sense. Don't let the short distance and small size of this state park fool you; some of these trails are narrow and steep! A fall off the side would not be fun. So, if you venture out to this little park off Highway 2 near the town of Cashmere, hang on to your kids, your dogs and your friends belt loops! And above all else, watch out for rattle snakes. It was a fun hike, we were the only ones there except for the car that came into the parking lot and left again. Perhaps that was due to it being a weekday, or hot; who knows the reason. I'd like to spend more time here and explore all the trails. I LOVED knowing that I wouldn't get lost. Next year on the way to the same conference, I'll be sure and stop here again. Enjoy!
My Rating: ***/5
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 400'
Time: 55 minutes