Exploring Trona Pinnacles

Los Angeles Trona, CA

Added by Sal Cavazos

  • For the "other-worldly" experience, Trona Pinnacles is a must see
  • It's no wonder this place has been used to film many Sci-Fi movies
  • Giant tufas surround you in this eerie yet peaceful location where they turn into towering silhouettes draped in a background of billions of stars

From the drive in to the drive out, bone-chilling and awe-inspiring landscape as far as the eye can see. Caterpillars, spiders and the "company providing" sound of an owl will help you feel right at home in an otherwise "other-worldly" location. Terrain is rough as these giants were formed from calcium and alkaline thousands of years ago. Four-wheel drive is suggested but not required. Dress appropriate for the seasons. Beware of summer days as it can reach 115-120 degrees.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Food
  • Snack
  • Lights
  • Water
  • Camera(s)
  • Firewood
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible

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7 days ago

Great Fall Roadtrip Stop

Spent a few hours at the pinnacle this week. We had the place to ourselves mid-week. October seems to be a great time to visit (mid-October, in particular) as the weather was great. It really did feel like we were on another planet. Recommend an SUV or AWD vehicle-probably would have been fine in a "regular" car, but nice not to have to worry. I hear that in the beginning of the month the "Trona smell" is stronger because the factory up the road is in full swing...

7 days ago

5 months ago

Amazing Sunrise

4 stars for the scenery and lighting. So I decided to take the girlfriend and the dogs out here this last weekend for a weekend trip. We arrived about an hour before sunset. It was amazing. The colors were unreal. It is May 22nd right now and I regret the timing more than anything. I'm a very experienced camper and figured the hot weather would be no problem at all. It wasn't a problem. The wind however was on another level. We suffered through the night and packed up right after sunrise (of course wasn't NOT going to get the photographs of the unbelievable sunrise!). HIGHLY recommend this place as a day trip arrive early in the morning or at sunset and then take off.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Loved it

It was definitely other-worldly. I recommend coming in a car that can handle rough terrain, driving around some of the rough roads is fun, and on a dirt bike or ATV it looked really fun, though I didn't get to do it, others looked like they were enjoying it!

5 months ago

6 months ago


It was a cool hike, directions were easy to follow. Definitely want water and I made the mistake of going in the noon of the day so it was warm. Better to go when it's not the height of the sun.

6 months ago

over 1 year ago

Got to the pinnacles in an economy car, however I can see the roads have potential for needing higher clearance. Have fun and be safe!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Love this place! Get there early a.m. and see an amazing sunset and/or moonset! Alway bring a camera and lots of water! Got to the pinnacles in a

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

It's best to go in the spring, early in the AM during a new moon!

over 1 year ago

Added by Sal Cavazos

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