Tough. Don’t do this hike in 90-100 degree weather. Bad mistake. Lol!

2 months ago

Great hike! Not difficult. Combined it with the caves for a nice loop from the campground.

3 months ago

Great hike

3 months ago

We were told at the check in desk “no, you don’t want to do this hike”. It was apparently based on our apparent age! We ignored the “suggestion” and completed the high peaks trail and the caves. Challenging, but worth every step.

pretty cool trail, but fairly exposed.

5 months ago

If you can start from the east side of the park and finish the high peaks trail first. It is hot and dry so be sure to bring lots of water. We saw 4-5 condors flying around us in the middle of the park, one flew right over us! Be sure to bring sun screen and flashlights. Once you make it up and down to the Western parking lot you can fill up on water. We drank 5 liters between the two of us and completed the hike in ~4 hours... but we were dehydrated... so please drink water!! The caves on the northern side are not to be missed, the old pinnacles trail is flat and easy.

Beautiful trails in all directions. just really hot on West trails.

Early cool morning hike, took 3hr 50 min for full loop

8 months ago

Absolutely fell in love with boulder filled gorges! Take lots of water; lots of fun for the whole family!⛰

This is a tough hike! The first few miles are the hardest part as it's all uphill until you get to the peaks. The views are beautiful, so the trek is definitely worth it. The rest is downhill or flat until you get to the Balconies caves, which was a nice break from the hot sun. They rock formations within the caves were insane and was a good way to end the hike. I definitely recommend bringing a lot of water and bug spray. We had flies swarming us for the majority of the hike.

Awesome hike! Kids loved it!

Lots of variety. Beautiful views, plants, and animals. I recommend going clockwise.

Long hike .. took about 4.5 hours will do it again

Sunday, February 19, 2017

WARNING flooding on the north west side of trail. You won't be able to complete the loop unless you cross the water knee deep at 7-10 crossing points.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great hike with great views and a variety of environments. The Balconies Cave was the highlight of the hike.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great hike with the kids. They had so much fun climbing through the caves with their flashlights and seeing the boulders strewn throughout the canyon. They also enjoyed the climbing under the wedged boulders. Good fun. Not too difficult (I.e. Not too much elevation gain) that it proved too tough for the kids (8,8, and 11). Beautiful views of geology. A cool wind rustled the leaves of the trees -- I haven't heard this sound since having led the east coast and it took me right back. Beautiful golden hues at this time of year. The caves do require you to get pretty low and also can be quite narrow in spots.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Hard! But fun.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Very nice hike in California's Pinnacles National Park. The cave was a little hard to find, but I wasn't sure what I was looking for. Also, take a head lamp or a good light. It will be more enjoyable.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Took the Balconies Cliffs to Old Pinnacles as part of a 10 Mile loop around the park. The Cave was closed, but there are great views from the cliff side of both Balconies and Machete ridge and others. For climbers there were lots of access trails for getting up on the rocks.

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