Old Pinnacles, Balconies Cliffs, Juniper Canyon, High Peaks and Bench Trail Loop

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Old Pinnacles, Balconies Cliffs, Juniper Canyon, High Peaks and Bench Trail Loop is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinnacles, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

15 days ago

Listen to Mark. (see below)

I would give this hike a 4 star for spring/ winter but not for July.

If you must go in the summer time, please do the high peaks early in the AM. We started at the high peaks trail head at 7:30 AM and were at the top by 9:30. It is moderate difficulty but is do able. Old pinnacles trail was less interesting given the lack of lush vegetation and flat trail, but it is good for beginners.

Take plenty of electrolytes and at least 2 liters of water per person and enjoy the journey. It makes for some awesome stories. :)

hiking
21 days ago

Disclosure: I haven’t been hiking in years and I’m very out of shape. The first part of this trail was great! Old pinnacles to the balconies cave. Had we any sense, we would have looped back around from there. But nope. We hit the juniper trail from west entrance up to high peaks. That was tough. Huge leg workout. Needed to stop frequently. But we got up to the tunnel trail fork and had lunch. Great views. Took the high peaks trail back to old pinnacles and nearly got heat stroke because there was zero shade and the temp was 110. Do this in cooler temps or very early in the morning.

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