A National Monument minutes from Soledad...Pinnacles National Monument... A South Monterey County treasure
By Jason Skerik
Pinnacles National Monument... Just Minutes from Soledad and one of the Nationns treasures. Growing up South Monterey County we visited the Pinnacles many times on school trips and family outings. I remember as a kid how fun it was everytime we went. The most exciting part of going for me was climbing through the huge underground caves and the wild flowers growing everywhere. Here is a little histroy (I did copy some of the following facts) Naive Americans Anthropologists believe Pinnacles was intermittently occupied by small groups of Native Americans. Evidence in the form of arrowheads and acorn grinding stones have been discovered within the monument. Native Americans, called Costanoans by Spanish colonials, (derived from Spanish for "people of the coast"), inhabited western ce...