The split massif of Pinnacles National Monument is a constant benign presence in much of the Salinas Valley. The spectacular remains of an ancient volcano, the National Monument encompasses 24,000 acres of rock scree, wild streams, and chapparal countryside.
The best views are from a distance, where the size of the mountain can be seen against the Gabilan Mountains. Here we look across the entire width of the Salinas Valley from just south of Greenfield. Below, a closer look taken from the Elm Street ford, east of Greenfield.