Balconies Trail to Balconies Cliffs via Balconies Cave

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Balconies Trail to Balconies Cliffs via Balconies Cave is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Paicines, California that features a cave and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

cave

28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike. The cave is fun but a bit narrow at points so don't get stuck. Took us about 1 hour. This hike is only accessible from the West side and definitely worth the detour.

2 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Taking the Balconies Cliffs Trail and bypassing the caves is recommended for those that are heavy set or elderly. I would not recommend really heavy set or elderly to go through the caves because there are spots that you have to literally crawl to get under a large rock and narrow passages where a larger person will not fit. The cliffs trail offers some beautiful views of the rock formations with some great photo op spots. It can be a bit steep and the pathway is narrow (maybe 2 feet wide) but if you pace yourself and rest when needed, it really isn't too strenuous. I did feel the burn in my glutes but once I reached the peak, I just needed a minute for relief and continued.

8 months ago