Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

Amazing hike, one of the best I’ve been to. Very exhausting on the hot day, make sure to get enough water and snacks.

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.

8 days ago

This trail goes through caves that are a lot of fun to venture in. Rock climbers abound in this area and are very interesting to watch. The reservoir is a great place to picnic.

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.

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8 days ago

Beautiful hike. Very much worth the incline work. Saw California condors as well as hawks and multitude of picturesque rock formations. Photo opportunities everywhere.

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.

awesome! This section is part of our 12.5 loop trail with spectacular views of valleys and meadows. Moderate hike.

Awesome moderated hike of 12.5 miles, gain 2,073 ft elevation. Started at Chaparral trail head, from Juniper Canyon trail, High Peaks trail, Rim trail, Bear Cave Gulch trail, Bench trail, Old Pinnacles trail, and lastly Balconies Cave trail. Brought 6 bottles of water and good enough for 2 of us. Lot of wild flowers, cool reservoir and dark caves, interesting in a way, bring headlamps or use mobile flash light to navigate in dark caves.

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.

Great trail that goes through a cave. A few places have a tight squeeze, but nothing too bad. I used the flashlight on my phone and it was enough to see the path in front of me.

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!

Really fun! I solo hiked this and started right when the gates opened (7:30am). Pack layers and lots of water. Finished in under 4 hours.

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!

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29 days ago

Easy hiking weather while it’s still cool. Not many wildflowers yet but I’d expect them soon. Shooting stars and bush poppies make up the majority of visible blooms.

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!

Beautiful hike. Took us about 3 hours with generous breaks in between. Steep and narrow trail had rocky stairs that were cool to climb. Saw plentiful amount of California condors and turkey vultures!

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1 month ago

so fun

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1 month ago

Two friends flew in for a 45 minute visit at the top. Mating pair of condors. Incredible experience.

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1 month ago

Pinnacles never disappoints! We went a little farther down to South chalone peak which was good to get some more distance but not much to see down there! North chalone peak was gorgeous!

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.

A little more strenuous than anticipated. Great way to see California Condors!

Awesome

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.

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