This cave rocks!•
The two caves--Balconies and Bear Gulch Caves--are talus caves. Talus caves are created when boulders fall into narrow ravines or canyons, forming a roof. Balconies Cave isn't that big, only about two rooms, but it's big enough to block the light (i.e. totally dark) and get lost. Flashlights are mandatory, gloves optional but recommended.
The funny thing about the cave, while the rock walls are sharp at the entrance and exit (cut my hand climbing over a few rocks), inside they are smooth, indicating erosion by water. However, the cave was dry. Also, the cave floor was clear of bat guano, but dry. So it must flood with rain and wash out the cave floor. #balconiescavetrail #balconiestrail #cave #taluscave #batcave #pinnacles #pinnaclesnationalpark #pinnaclespark #sanbenito
Here is the 5th in a mini series I will be posting on desert bloom wildflowers. In it we see a carpet of spring desert wildflowers along the Balconies trail, in Pinnacles National Park, California. Pointed peak is Machete Ridge. Image taken March 28th 1990, in 4x5 film format.
1B6430 - Wildflowers, Balconies Trail, Pinnacles National Park, CA
PHOTO TIP: Spring is definitely the time to visit this national park, tucked away in an unlikely spot between the Central Valley and the Big Sur Coast. This is a time of moderate temperatures and refreshing spring blooms. This year (2017) the annual American Alpine Club's climber's get-together will be held May 5-7.
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