Chalone Peak Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Chalone Peak Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paicines, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,155 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Moses Spring Trail: Continue driving past the visitor center on the park road. Park in the southernmost parking area. Follow the High Peaks Trail southward from the parking lot. If you choose to explore the Bear Gulch Caves follow the Moses Spring Trail at the first fork in the trail. This trail will lead through the caves then end at Chalone Peak Trail.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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!

trail running
8 months ago

started at Chaparral parking lot and ran up to high peaks via Juniper Canyon. Then made my way down and up ro North Chalone Peak. After a rest went on to South Chalone Peak. trails are in excellent condition. Made my way back and down to Bear Gulch and up to Condor Canyon. Finally went back down via high peaks trail. 19 mile with over 5,400ft of elevation gain. Just beautiful!

hiking
10 months ago

Best views in the park!

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Great after the winter rains. Multiple wildflowers.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

We hike every spring at the Pinnacles and usually stick to the High Peaks as they never fail to impress. Said we'd climb Chalone one of these years and finally got around to it. It was easier than expected with a moderate but consistent incline from Bear Gulch. I have to say the near views along the trail are far less spectacular than High Peaks, but the distant views are unmatched, especially from the top where you get an awesome panorama of the park and the Salinas Valley. Note that you are much less likely to view condors along this trail and be wary of poison oak along the lower stretches.
Now that the trail is off my bucket list, would I do it again? Maybe, but I will probably be sticking to the High Peaks and North Wilderness for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Awe-inspiring hike complete with gushing waterfalls (*depending on the season), eerie caves, views of daring rock climbers, and beautiful mountain views. Whole trip took roughly 4 hours with breaks in between, had to improvise on a part of the trail which got flooded. My partner and I brought 3 liters of water and had 1 liter left over by the time we got back to the car. The waterfall and cave trail was carefully lined with secure railings for the weary. Climbing the stairwell up next to the gushing waterfall was simultaneously an intimidating and humbling experience.

*TIPS: Headlamps/ flashlights are mandatory for the caves. Most of the trail has great tree coverage, but it does get hot along the way. Bring plenty of water!

hiking
Friday, May 13, 2016

Hiked to the fire tower on top of North Chalone Peak from the Juniper Canyon Trail today (Soledad side) and it was pretty intense! 7.7 miles one way, totaling at 15.4 miles total. My husband and I each carried a gallon of water each and we ran out of water around mile 10. Bring plenty of water!

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

it gets hot up there. The views are amazing

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2011

Great hike with awesome views all around. One of six "rimrover" trails in the Bay Area...the whole family had a great day with it. Note: it looks closer to 9mi/2100vft per the park service.

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