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Best Trails in Pinnacles National Monument

96 reviews

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Pinnacles National Monument is a protected mountainous area located east of central California's Salinas Valley. The Monument's namesakes are the eroded leftovers of half of an extinct volcano.The Monument is divided by the rock formations into East and West Divisions, connected by foot trails; there is no through road that connects the east end west entrances to the park. The east side has shade and water, the west has high walls. The rock formations provide for spectacular pinnacles that attract rock climbers. It is popular with advanced rock climbers due to the many difficult and challenging climbs. The Monument is most often visited in spring or fall because of the intense heat during the summer months.

on Moses Spring Trail
1 month ago

Took the Bear gulch on the way up and the Moses spring back down. If the caves are open you are missing out if you just do this trail.

on Bear Gulch Caves and Resi...
1 month ago

Fun hike to beat the heat on a hot summer day! Did it with a baby on my back but had to take him off in a few tight spots.

on Bear Gulch Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Fun easy hike through the caves up to the reservoir. Caves are really cool, narrow with stairwells. Best to have a flashlight but iPhone will work. Reservoir is reminiscent of the lion king - lots of water snakes.

on High Peaks Condor Gulch T...
1 month ago

hiking

Great! I didn't expect the scenery. We also were lucky to see some condors!

on High Peaks Trail
2 months ago

hiking

This place was amazing! The initial climb is not for the faint of heart, as said below in another review. Please know that if you plan on going from June/ September it will be very warm as there is not shade on this trail. Bring extra water, bug spray, sunblock, hat, and proper shoes. Honestly, your Nike free's shouldn't be worn on any hike. Bring your camera, it's gorgeous out there!

on Old Pinnacles Trail to Ba...
2 months ago

hiking

Really nice hike, with good combo of sun/shade and mostly flat. Caveat, we missed a turn in the caves and wound up scrambling up a really steep, dangerous wall, thinking it was the trail. It was _A_ trail and eventually, we found the real trail.

on High Peaks Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Absolutely incredible after the initial climb!!!

on High Peaks Trail
3 months ago

hiking

on Chalone Peak Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Hiked to the fire tower on top of North Chalone Peak from the Juniper Canyon Trail today (Soledad side) and it was pretty intense! 7.7 miles one way, totaling at 15.4 miles total. My husband and I each carried a gallon of water each and we ran out of water around mile 10. Bring plenty of water!

on Bear Gulch Caves and Resivoir Loop ...
3 months ago

Great trail, but gets narrow in the caves. Bring a flashlight unless you want to shuffle along in the pitch dark.

on High Peaks Trail
3 months ago

hiking

It was an exciting discovery! I'm glad to change our target summit from North Chalone to High Peaks. Not for the faint of heart. Climbing the rocks was fun but please be careful.

on Old Pinnacles Trail Loop
3 months ago

Breathtaking

on High Peaks Trail
4 months ago

Exquisite spring time hike requiring 5 hours, with time to rest and eat. Condor, turkey vultures and peragrin falcon sitting are common. Wild flower blooms expected.

on High Peaks Trail
4 months ago

breath-taking but super hard