Moses Spring Trail to Bear Gulch Reservoir

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Pinnacles National Park

Moses Spring Trail to Bear Gulch Reservoir is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paicines, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 318 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from East Entrance Station: Follow the park road westward into the park and bear left at the fork leading toward the Bear Gulch Visitor Center. You can park at the visitor center or continue driving southward to the next parking area.

Went on a Saturday that had a high chance or rain. We had a light drizzle in the morning but the next 6 hours after there wasn’t a drop. The air was cool and the sun wasn’t harsh. We went counter clockwise due to recommendation and it was definitely the way to go. On our way down we found the Bear Gulch Caves and took them up into the lake. We then hit the Moses trail on our way back and it was perfect. If you arrive on a busy day note that Parking may be full which will lead to you having to take the Bear Gulch trail to the start of the trail(like we did)

Started at the bear gulch to condor gulch! Beautiful views. We went through high peaks trail and come down to the bear gulch caves and the rim trail.

walking
3 months ago

Nice loop out of the campground. Bring a light for the cave sections near the reservoir

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Great trail through a talus cave up to the reservoir. If you only have time for one hike in Pinnacles do this one.

Very Interesting trail with a lot of nice and beautiful rock views. It took us 5 and a half hours to complete this route. We enjoyed hiking there. This is our favorite trail. We love it.

I think it's best done clockwise. Love this trail

Perfect conditions. The recent rains gave nice water levels. Some small rock hopping through the caves. Just a beautiful day...condors were showing off.

Cool caves!

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

We started at 7am and finished at 12:30 with about 30-45 minutes at the top! Great views after the gulch, we got lost in the caves on the way back too! It’s pretty shady in the morning but after 11 it’s sunny the whole way

hiking
11 months ago

A nice partially-shaded climb past the spring, with pretty views of the surrounding large rock formations and hills...plus the more distant peaks. It was hot (100 degrees) for our late-afternoon hike. The cave was closed for bat mating season. Unfortunately the signage is not great in spots, and we ended up looping back too soon. We did not see any condors. However, we did see several beautiful woodpeckers...and lots of lizards.

Mon Apr 29 2019

3rd time coming and hiking 13-14 miles at Pinnacles. This was the most BEAUTIFUL time! I even came last year at the exact same time and it was no where near as lush and green! There were so many wildflowers, green lush grass, water flowing in all the streams and creeks. Some areas looked like enchanted forests or areas of the shire from LOTR. Temp today was perfect. Hugh was about 76 in the sun and a very pleasant, slight breeze. As always bring tons of water and protein bars. It is a bit strenuous and long.

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2019

This hike was long but with beautiful views and great for those looking for good a climb. sweeping views of the surrounding valley and pinnacles peaks. Carry water and food. it could get hot as it is exposed to the sun.

Thu Feb 07 2019

My fave

hiking
Mon Dec 03 2018

Fun and easy. Weather was perfect for a quick hike and air was clear.

Mon Apr 17 2017

Beautiful, my 5 year old was able to hike it which was great.

hiking
Sat Nov 26 2016

Busy, but a great little trail with caves, a reservoir, and a nice view at the top. The kids loved the cave!

Fri Jul 22 2016

Took the Bear gulch on the way up and the Moses spring back down. If the caves are open you are missing out if you just do this trail.

hiking
Tue Feb 16 2016

Consider adding the Rim trail to this hike. Start out on Moses Spring, then divert to the Rim Trail for nice views. You meet back up with Moses Spring at the reservoir, so you can take Moses Spring / Caves back to the trailhead. Entire hike is 2.3 miles with about 700 feet elevation gain.

hiking
Sat May 02 2015

6.1 mile loop from Bear Gulch Visitor Center via Condor Gulch, High Peaks, Rim, Bear Gulch Cave and Moses Spring trails. If you want a dramatic short (1.2mi) hike do the Moses Spring through the Cave to the Reservoir. Some of the cave may be closed due to bat pupping this time of year. Remember this is part of a volcano (one-third remnant is in Lancaster as the Neenach formation) that is riding northward courtesy of the San Andreas Fault and plate tectonics. Erosion and sinking have reduced the volcano that was originally nearly the size of Mt. St. Helens to what you see here today. Busy but worth it. 32 mile drive from Hollister.

hiking
Wed Aug 07 2013

Great trail for kids! I was so proud that my 2 year old walked the whole trail.

hiking
Mon Jun 13 2011

Beautiful! A must do for anyone visiting. The weather was gorgeous and the hike beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

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