Large Boulders Out At The Pinnacles

Pretending to hold up a large boulder out at the Pinnacles.
Pretending to hold up a large boulder out at the Pinnacles.

Hiking in San Bernardino Mountains is an outdoor activity that is geographically accessible to people who live in Southern California. One thing that you can admire in this regions is the large boulders out at The Pinnacles, which are a must see for hiking and nature enthusiasts. So how do you get to the Pinnacles anyway? First, you need to head east on the 10 Freeway towards San Bernardino, and then merge onto the 30 Freeway once reach San Bernardino. Once on the 30 Freeway exit on Waterman Ave, which will have a sign that says Lake Arrowhead and resort cities. Take Waterman Ave all the way past 40th Street and start heading up the San Bernardino Mountains on Highway 18. This byway is very scenic because it is on the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains, but it is also very windy! Take Highway 18 for twenty miles up the San Bernardino Mountains to Daily Canyon Road, which you want to exit on. Next, turn left on Highway 189, and take this all the way to where you see Five Points General Store, and then turn right on Grass Valley Road. Take Grass Valley Road four miles all the way out to Highway 173. The Pinnacles are visible once you turn left on to Highway 173. Make sure to obtain a San Bernardino National Forest Adventure Pass before parking near the Pinnacles to hike. Adventure passes can be purchased at the local ranger station. Here are some of the beautiful pictures I captured during my adventures out at The Pinnacles, which are about five miles from Lake Arrowhead Village.

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Satellite view of the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California.

A picture of The Pinnacles in the distance.
A picture of The Pinnacles in the distance.
This picture shows a bit more of The Pinnacles.
This picture shows a bit more of The Pinnacles.
A collection of the large boulders out at The Pinnacles.
A collection of the large boulders out at The Pinnacles.
The beautiful chapparal hills across the street from The Pinnacles.  When I mean street, I am actually referring to Highway 173, which was not even paved until 2003.  The pavement ends a mile past The Pinnacles.
The beautiful chapparal hills across the street from The Pinnacles. When I mean street, I am actually referring to Highway 173, which was not even paved until 2003. The pavement ends a mile past The Pinnacles.
Hiding an Easter egg behind the boulder for the hunt.
Hiding an Easter egg behind the boulder for the hunt.

The Pinnacles turned out to be a fun and creative place to have an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Children can always have an Easter egg hunt at home, but it is more like a treasure hunt if you do this on a nature hike!

A nice little stream out at The Pinnacles.
A nice little stream out at The Pinnacles.
The beautiful blue sky and large boulders.
The beautiful blue sky and large boulders.
Water trickling through the rocks.
Water trickling through the rocks.
Sky with lovely shaped boulders.
Sky with lovely shaped boulders.

After it rains and snows a large creek forms at the base of The Pinnacles, but on the day I took this video it was much smaller since it had been no precipitation for a couple of weeks. Go to The Pnnacles after the rain and you will see a very substantial creek, which lodged this piece of driftwood in between the boulders.

A view of the landscape around The Pinnacles.
A view of the landscape around The Pinnacles.
The same view as above, but from another angle.
The same view as above, but from another angle.
Looking at the beautiful rock formations.  Some people go rock climbing out here, but that is a bit much for me.
Looking at the beautiful rock formations. Some people go rock climbing out here, but that is a bit much for me.
Another picture of the creek running along side The Pinnacles.
Another picture of the creek running alongside The Pinnacles.
Another log stuck in between the rocks out at The Pinnacles.  It is like a miniature log over two sides of a pretend river, which is really just a small creek.
Another log stuck in between the rocks out at The Pinnacles. It is like a miniature log over two sides of a pretend river, which is really just a small creek.
A glimpse of the small creek trickling between the large boulders.  The mountainous desert in the distance is full of chaparral, manzanita, and scrub brush.
A glimpse of the small creek trickling between the large boulders. The mountainous desert in the distance is full of chaparral, manzanita, and scrub brush.
These boulders are large enough to have a picnic on.  By the way, the large boulders at The Pinnacles are great for sitting on.
These boulders are large enough to have a picnic on. By the way, the large boulders at The Pinnacles are great for sitting on.
Climbing up on the big rocks out at The Pinnacles.
Climbing up on the big rocks out at The Pinnacles.
Looking up towards the hills.
Looking up towards the hills.
The view is amazing up here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The view is amazing up here in the San Bernardino Mountains.
This is a picture of Highway 173 right next to The Pinnacles.  I admire this windy road, and I am glad I took this beautiful picture of it.
This is a picture of Highway 173 right next to The Pinnacles. I admire this windy road, and I am glad I took this beautiful picture of it.
A picture of me next to some of the large rock formations out at The Pinnacles.
A picture of me next to some of the large rock formations out at The Pinnacles.
I climbed up the large rocks to take this picture looking down on the valley below.
I climbed up the large rocks to take this picture looking down on the valley below.
A bush that was charred in a recent fire near The Pinnacles.  New bushes have started to sprout around the dead ones.
A bush that was charred in a recent fire near The Pinnacles. New bushes have started to sprout around the dead ones.
A larger charred bush that is surrounded by large boulders out at The Pinnacles.
A larger charred bush that is surrounded by large boulders out at The Pinnacles.
Picture of the hills across Highway 173, right next to The Pinnacles.
Picture of the hills across Highway 173, right next to The Pinnacles.

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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Awesome pictures and videos. Very good hub.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments entertainmentplus!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Great pics!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it Paradise!


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Wayne Tully 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Brilliant photos, it's nice to take some photos on a walk about away from buildings and such, I know it's something that I do often and I take my paints too!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the videos Wayne! I have been enjoying your YouTube videos on drawing these days. Maybe you could make a character that lives in a scifi rocky world or something similar?


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

SweetiePie. Hi. The Pinnacles look like an absolutely magical place.

The size and shape of some of the boulders are incredible, And the photo's are out of this world.

I loved this hub. Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Oliversmum! I wish I could walk to the top again one day soon because the view of the valley below is amazing. i really am happy I grew up going out there a lot.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Oh your photos are magnificent. It really makes me want to visit this place sometime. Pinnacles looks like a really neat place to visit. I would love to see some photos of the stream when it is more substantial. If you ever get back there, that would be a neat thing to see.

Thanks for the photo essay.


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susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

Love your photos. I have always loved California, all of it. These pictures make me want to go back.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Susannah.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

San Barandino is were I was born! As kid I hung out in Arrowhead and Big Bear! Great pics, brings backsome memories!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad this brought back a few memories Highvoltagewriter!


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Nice water sound, SweetiePie, and the second sounded like thunder, but not sure. Back in the day I used to go hiking, clandestinly, in a neighbor's wooded pasture. I really loved following what we called a "coolie" a little stream about a foot wide that meandered through the forest and had a natural game trail (I'm pretty sure I was about the only human who walked there; I did take my nephew along once.)right beside it. I will never forget my first and only sighting of a scarlet tanager near that stream, and that's the time my nephew was along. Good job with the photos.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi SubRon,

My video camera picked up the sound of the stream near the Pinnacles, but some of the other sounds are just static. One day I will purchase a better digital camera, but for the moment this is the one I am using. It sounds like you used to go on some fun hikes.


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bgamall 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Some say the Pinnacles in Northern California are a part of the same formation, separated by movement on the San Andreas Fault.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Bgamall,

I had never heard of that before. Thanks for sharing.


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pooilum 4 years ago from Malaysia

Are there very large boulders around which you can climb on?


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Pooilum,

People climb on the boulders all the time, but I caution against it, unless you know how to do this. I do not climb on the boulders myself, I feel safer walking around them.


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ethel smith 2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Would be a good place to hike for sure


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

It is a neat place to hike, but going to the top can be daunting. I got lost a couple of times myself out there, and then had to really think where I was to get back on the trail. But I stopped going out there by myself the day after I the bear ran in front of me.


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prettydarkhorse 12 months ago from US

Good view, photos plus video.


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SweetiePie 12 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks! I have another hiking post underway!


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prettydarkhorse 8 months ago from US

I've seen this before, really great location and really nice views.


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prettydarkhorse 4 weeks ago from US

When I see boulders, I am amazed how Nature, History -time-, and Geography work. :)

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