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How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« on: February 19, 2020, 06:13:31 PM »
I'd like to camp, but climb on machete

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2020, 08:04:52 PM »
If you hike from the campground via the Bench Trail and the Old Pinnacles Trail, you are probably looking at a 2-hour walk to the base of Machete (and another 30 minutes or so from there if you're planning on climbing from the Old Original side). If you're a very fast hiker, maybe a bit less time.

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2020, 08:18:49 PM »
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I'd like to camp, but climb on machete

 Do you own a portaledge?  :)
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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2020, 03:02:30 PM »
FWIW It's a flat, painless hike.

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2020, 09:14:24 AM »
Do you own a portaledge?  :)

Not necessary, unless you crave fresh air. The slightly tilted meadow at the base of the long midway rappels has always tempted me.

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2020, 06:19:42 PM »
Waldo, I say stock a camp up there, some firewood, tent, beer, lots of beer.

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2020, 07:02:42 PM »
Waldo, I say stock a camp up there, some firewood, tent, beer, lots of beer.



Beer is all that's really needed.

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2020, 07:17:54 PM »
Well a thatch of Astro turf, driver and a few dozen golf balls would help pass the time.
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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2020, 04:45:19 PM »
Get an early start and park at Old Pinnacles parking area (very limited parking).  Hike towards the west side.  I often find it is faster to take the Balcones Trail rather than going through the caves.  I think Gavin's times could be greatly improved on if you are fast hiker.  I would consider up to two hours to the start of Old Original either way.

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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2020, 06:39:36 PM »
What about the secret tunnel through the monument?
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Re: How long is the hike from east side to west side?
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2020, 08:16:25 AM »
Get an early start and park at Old Pinnacles parking area (very limited parking).  Hike towards the west side.  I often find it is faster to take the Balcones Trail rather than going through the caves.  I think Gavin's times could be greatly improved on if you are fast hiker.  I would consider up to two hours to the start of Old Original either way.

I agree if you start from the Old Pinnacles trailhead that the hiking time is significantly shorter... But note that I did mention "If you start from the Pinnacles Campground..." and accounted for the extra hiking time on the Bench Trail.

From the Old Pinnacles trailhead, I would say two hours to the start of Old Original is about right, or perhaps a bit less if you are hiking fast.