Balconies Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Balconies Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paicines, California that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2244 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

cave

views

rocky

Directions from Soledad: Follow Highway 146 12 miles to the Chaparral Ranger Station. The trail begins from the northern end of the parking area.

hiking
15 days ago

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

18 days ago

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4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Hard! But fun.

hiking
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.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

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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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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Great side-trip 2-hour hike as a stop off Hwy 101 heading up to San Francisco. But you absolutely need a flashlight to pass through the cave.

hiking
Monday, July 01, 2013

Hiked it counter clockwise and found it easier climbing up the cave! Kids loved it! Get the 50 cent guidebook at the ranger station and follow the signs. It explained everything. Great views from the balconies and tons of rocks to explore. New welcome center is fantastic!!

hiking
Sunday, April 21, 2013