The Pinnacles

Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

Peshastin Pinnacles State Park

On Route 2 in tiny Peshastin, Washington is a small park called Peshastin Pinnacles State Park.

I call this area the land of milk and honey. Its breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains, the lower blonde and arid hills beneath it and the fertile farms featuring vineyards of fruit and vines is something out of a fairy tale.

The interesting thing about Pinnacles is as you are driving by (or floating by on the Wenatchee River) you see these jagged spires in rows protruding out of the blonde treeless mountains. It is almost as if the don’t belong. And they are reminiscent of a salmon run and the jaggedy spires are like a stream of them in a line coming down a hill.

What the hike is like

After only ten minutes of hiking up the Pinnacles the views once again are completely breathtaking. How many hikes can you go on that in ten minutes you get an amazing view? Not all of them. As I continue my hike up I see a group of rock climbers. They use the rock spires to train on in preparation for their bigger endeavors.


Short hike. Amazing views.

A hiker on the trail points out that water is trickling out of one of the spires. Which seems out of place in this arid section we’re hiking. He tells us that the native Americans use to have a lookout for enemies in the Pinnacles. They chose it because there was a sustainable water source for them and they could hide out there for long periods of time. Seems there is a spring under the spire and it was coming out of a crack in rock about twenty feet above us.

The hike is moderate. By no means difficult. And in about thirty minutes you are at the top of it. You still have the rest of the day to do what you want.


The Pinnacles

  • You can park at the park for $5 or use your Discovery Pass.
  • Start early in the day. You cannot conceive how quickly it gets blistering hot by late spring.
  • You can hike it nearly year round.
  • If you go on a Saturday be prepared to share the hike with boy scouts and church groups and rock climbers.

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