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Good easy-moderate wide trail that’s not completely shaded but great during winter time!

It was great but be careful about the signs

The drive to the trailhead is gorgeous. I only completed a portion of the trail because I arrived so late but it was windy, with wildlife all around, and beautiful views of the coast.

hiking
17 days ago

Love this trail! My husband & I have hiked these trails a bunch of times. Nice views & history. Simple hike & close to home.

Challenging and rewarding

Great views. Just hard enough to make you feel like you have had a good hike.

dog friendly but on leash, good trail well kept, decently marked.

The first part of the trail down to the coat was single track and super fun. Once you get to the coast, you're on a fire trail. There's lots of beach access and the beaches look amazing, though we didn't have time to stop.

When the very well groomed fire trail heads inland it becomes a lot less interesting. More like being on a country road than a trail which is why I rated only 3 stars.

hiking
23 days ago

Short and easy and not too crowded. The hills being reflected in the lake look great at sunset. Better trail during winter or non sunny days.

Awesome trail great hike some crazy climbs but really fun and incredible vistas

Nice hike, but don’t do it in summer like us, it was 100+ degrees

Pomo Canyon part is very muddy right now! Still a great hike.

walking
1 month ago

lots of thigh work but the scenery is worth it!!!

I absolutely love this park and this trail! Ive done it both directions now and while clockwise is “easier,” I find counter-clockwise to be more rewarding because the peaks are kind of the highlight after the long ascent then you have the reservoir and caves as icing on the top, making the trek feel “worth it.” Can’t go wrong either way - it’s a great leg workout & challenging cardiovascularly, but very doable even if you need frequent breathers. Yesterday we were strapped for time to get back to the shuttle by 4pm so if you’re in a hurry, you can finish in 2hr30mins but I recommend to take it slower. Like everyone else said, take plenty of water & a snack if you wish to hangout at the beautiful peaks. There a bathroom, lots of places to sit and chill, and a ranger toward the evenings to make sure you end on the correct side of the park. I highly recommend this trail! But if you want a shorter trail that also gets the peaks, the Juniper Canyon Loop from the west entrance is a nice option, about 4 miles.

This is one of my favourite trails in California, the loop takes me about 2 hours. 1:40 if I hustle, 2:20 if I take a break. The steep and narrows are super fun but do require maneuvering and a little scramble. Restrooms about 3 miles in. Beautiful views. Great in twilight. I prefer counter clockwise.

Well maintained trail ,be ready to hike 4 miles to see few but awesome Joshua trees

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for hiking, biking etc. Highly recommend to those who want a good hike within San Jose without commuting.

Amazing view along the way

Beautiful hike! Make sure to do the little steep out and back section to the campgrounds. It was very lush and green with all the fern.

Great views from atop Redhill, but we did miss the right hand turn and walked through the forest then looped back around to find our error. No signs, just a small Cairn. The best views are stop Redhill. We then continued on to Pomo and the small campgrounds. Turned back and did the bottom loop which doesn’t have the views like the top section. 12 kms all up, from Shell Beach Trail head. It’s a good work out too.

Did this trail after the rain and had some pretty stunning misty views. Went counter clockwise and really enjoyed, I found it to be a nice ascent with a gentle decline after finishing the steep and narrow segment. Saw three condors in flight at he highest points (prior to the picnic trail fork) which was spectacular. Made frequent stops and still finished in 4 hours. Probably one of my favorite hikes.

Arrived later in the day (around 2pm) as the early birds were starting to leave so I scored a parking spot at Bear Gulch. The ranger at headquarters recommended doing this loop clockwise since that makes most of the steep & narrow parts be ascents (nicer on the knees) -- I listened to her and it was a pretty easy hike! Took me 2h15 to complete -- I only stopped a couple of times for water & picture taking. Lovely rainbow views on the high peaks trail thanks to light rain. Considering it was a holiday Saturday, not many others on the trail until I got to the condor overlook.

Great hike. Spectacular views. Take this loop counter clockwise and add Bear Gulch caves/reservoir to get the full Pinnacles experience. Don't forget to look up often for condors. This should be "moderate" instead of "hard" as far as Alltrails ratings go. Expect 4-6hrs total time.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail that we recently hiked with kids. A bit crowded but with family it worked great and was a good work-out as well.

We walked this trail, including Bear Gulch Cave/Reservoir trails and it totalled 18.5kms. A beautiful day out. It took 6 hrs but we stopped for 30 minutes for lunch and 15 minutes watching Condors and several minutes chatting, so 5 hrs walking time say. This park is so different after Yosemite and Sequoia but still beautiful! We drank 2 litres each but it was November and 22C as a high. The tight narrow part was no problem for my wife, who hates steep drop offs. A very good trail with cut steps and hand rails.
Highly recommend.

Great hike. Did it in CCW direction and took the spur at the end to the reservoir. Tried to do caves on way back to car but chickened out. I’m 6’4” and claustrophobic. Thankfully there was an obvious bypass trail close by to go around caves!

hiking
2 months ago

The beach is amazing but I was somewhat disappointed by the trail itself. Very easy and convenient access though.

Was an easy hike, and good with kids as there is only one real incline. Took us less than 2 1/2 hours incl. a couple short breaks. The beach is a great place to stop for a break or lunch.

A lovely hike. We came in mid-June and, originally, thought that we'd do the whole loop, continuing along the High Peaks Trail. By around noon, however, the hot weather started to get to us, so we decided to call it a day and hike down through the Condor Gulch instead.
For how short this loop is, it really does offer an outstanding taste of what Pinnacles are all about - lovely views most of the way and we even saw 4 condors - one soaring overhead and three sitting in a gulch in the Condor Gulch.
Highly recommended!

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