• Kevin Esser

Pinnacles NP

A three hours drive westwards from Sequoia NP brought us to the beautiful Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is quite small and by far not as famous as the other "must see national parks" we visited before. It was the perfect stop on our way back to San Francisco and we really enjoyed hiking the trails around the Bear Gulch Reservoir. We saw a stunning Valley Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi). Thanks to the great protection projects of this NP, the California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) is a common sighting again. Coast Range Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii) are abundant.


Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi - Valley Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi - Valley Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi - Valley Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi - Valley Gartersnake
Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii - Coast Range Fence Lizards
Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii - Coast Range Fence Lizards
Rana draytonii - California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii - California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii - California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii - California Red-legged Frog