Explore the most popular cave trails in Pinnacles National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

This was an adventure for me a relatively new hiker. I started at Bear Gulch so it added 1.7. Take lots of water. Much of the trail is shade but a lot is in direct sun.

Caves were crowded. Would go earlier next time.

Very pretty. Bring lots of water, I went through 3L

Very nice hike! We first actually started at Moses Rim Trail-Bear Gulch and went through the caves through the reservoir, making the hike 6 miles, then went up on High Peaks trail, down to Condor Gulch and down. Their is a spectacular vista on Condor Gulch where Condors love to show off.

Great hike

Awesome hike! Great views sufficiently challenging. Walking from the overflow lot adds about 6 miles and going through Bear Gulch to get there is a nice start.

Leisure, picturesque walk that leads to spectacular rock formations that are so fun to venture around in. Enjoy the dark cave that you lower yourself down into, through damp boulders, to find the hidden natural spring.

This trail was part of our 12.5 miles loop, a pleasant hike with shades and tranquil with birds, wild flower, small creek along the trail.

This trail is part of our 12.5 miles loop, heavy traffics on Saturday, Bear gulch and caves are well maintained. Headlamps or small flashlights would be fun for little ones. The reservoir is great place for lunch with cool breezes.

Great short hike with a lot of variety. We walked through an underwater stream, up stairs notched into the side of the mountain, through caves and enjoyed a few minutes at a reservoir before heading back. Young kids did well. there was one place where we had to take the baby out of his carrier to make it through but that wasn't a big deal.

The incline starts as soon as you get on the trail, but it’s very doable if you take breaks going up. I started around 8:30am so the sun wasn’t bad on the way up. Great views and rock faces towards the top. Bring a ton of water!

Loved it. Lots of vertical.

A great hike that doesn’t take all day but have some fun qualities. The cave was a great part of the hike.

This trail gave me more than I expected. It was a great workout along with some stunning views. Not too difficult but be aware of the heat. We started this hike pretty late, 2-230pm, so the sun was really beating on us. However, that did not take away from the enjoyment. Added the cave trail which made it even a better loop! I will definitely recommend this trail/Park. See ya soon Pinnacles!

My friend and I were just passing by and told the ranger we only had a couple of hours but really wanted to go on a hike and experience part of the park. She was super excited and got us to do this trail and it was AMAZING! The hike was too easy, in the sense that we were hiking with toddlers, screaming children and some teenagers who thought the whole park wanted to listen to their rap music (it was satisfying to hear the teenagers get told off by an older man explaining that it was mating season for bats and how would they like it if a bunch of strangers blasted country music while they were being "intimate"?)
Only thing we would do different next time was go earlier in the day and pack to keep going onto the high peaks trail, next time we are going to see the condors if we have to stay up there all day!

Started at approx 11:30 - ranger suggested going up Condor Gulch & coming back down High Peaks. Only saw 2 other people on the way up. At the peak we found a place to sit & have a snack (approx 2 Miles in) and we were surrounded by condor who were perched or flying very close to us. Ran into a few groups coming up the opposite direction as we began our descent. Back at the car by 2:30. Not much shade on Condor Gulch Trail, but lots on the way down. Admission to the park was $25. Fully recommend!

We got a little bit of everything in this loop, got to walk through a zing caves and see six condors.

my family had so much fun going through the cave. the hike was perfect.

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and I spent the afternoon here. It was beautiful and unexpected. We hadn’t even realized this National Park existed prior to Googling, “things to do near Monterey”.

Fun hike that we have done several times now. Short hike from the Nature center to the lower cave (upper cave area is closed). Lots of poison oak around that is starting to bloom. I would suggest continuing on to the reservoir for lunch or a snack, it loops back around to the nature center. Beautiful views of the rock formations and always get to stop and watch in awe at the rock climbers. If you have a chance to camp, do it! One of our favorite campgrounds and gives you more time to hike around on other trails.

We did the loop clock-wise starting at the Bear Gulch area. It was a demanding yet fulfilling hike. Saw plenty of condors. If you can't find a parking spot in the Bear Gulch trail -head parking lot and you hope to do the hike between 10am and 5pm on a weekend, then there is a free shuttle service between the Visitor Centre and the above said trail-head. We used that.

Awesome hiking trail!

Great hike and got the a chance to see a California Condor.

This was my very first cave trail! There’s climbers to your left and lift, beautiful green moss everywhere, and the caves are wonderful! I loved it!

This trail is an excellent trail if you're wanting to see some views and do some caving. There are a few spots where the trail becomes a little unclear. Overall, it's pretty fun.

Did this as a family hike. It was a little tough for my four year old, but he’s a trooper. Carried my two year old on my back in a soft structured carrier, even through the cave portion. Some spots were a little tight (I had to instruct her to keep her head on my back to avoid bumps). It is possible, contrary to what a few people told me exiting the cave. I’m fairly experienced with the carrier, and also on the thin side so it may not be possible for all to go through with a toddler on their back. Head lamp would be useful, as two hands are required at some points in the cave portion. A lot of fun though! I would totally go again.

really fun... great for kids!!

This hike is the best in Pinnacles National Park!! Awesome views and great chance to see Condors!!

Worth the hard incline for the views at the top! Loved the narrow peaks part of the trail with the rocks that had holes for your feet carved in to climb up and around the rocks & the single railing ledges! Definitely for the more adventurous hiker!

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