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Old Pinnacles Trail Loop is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Soledad, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 1,732 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

Please check trail status here: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htm. Please note that the caves are currently closed due to COVID 19. Nestled in the mountains of central California, Pinnacles National Park is home to a range of unique rock formations, talus caves, and a series of beautiful peaks and valleys. It's also an excellent place to view wildlife, and is the nation's premier spot to view the endangered California condor. The park is lined with a network of trails that access both caves and peaks. No one trail is overly long, and it's possible to complete a number of them with an extended, beautiful day of hiking. The park also has a drive-in campground for those who'd like to spend more than a day, but it is only accessible from the eastern entrance.

There is ample parking. Food and restrooms are available in the park.

http://www.nps.gov/pinn/

From Hollister, drive south on highway 25 Turn right onto highway 146 to enter Pinnacles National Monument From Salinas take highway 101 south to Soledad In Soledad, turn left on Metz Road turn left on highway 146 to enter Pinnacles National Monument Please note: highway 146 does not go through the park. You must exit from the same side of the park that you entered.

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Daniel Tavera
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good hike....

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Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

An absolutely incredible place. Great loop hike! The caves are currently closed due to COVID, so that changes the route a little and adds a little elevation and mileage. We took the high peaks trail and that was stunning. A park ranger said that today was the first day that trail was open since the COVID shut down. The rock formations are amazing. Great place for a break at the lake as well. Was pretty exposed and hot, so bring water. Very nice hike!

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Michael D
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If I could cut out half this hike I’d give it a 5 star. The start and end of the hike are nice, but half this hike is just near a service road and picnic areas very underwhelming. If you zoom into the map you can see the midway point is littered with parking/picnic

Amit Kamath
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So ....From Sunnyvale to this place 2 Hr drive completely worth it. We left at 7:00 morning and sharp at 9:00 we reach the parking lot. Due to drizzle we had to wait for around 30 mins. - Download the AllTrails Maps if you are planning to do the complete loop as 95% of the places is a no network zone - Anti-clockwise is what I would recommend. - Fantastic view at the top and also when you come down near the lake. - 70:30 Tree shades so do carry plenty of water - Btw important cave routes are closed so that can add additional detour to your hike completion - Must do for sure

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Julia Chrisco
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Beautiful trail! The caves are so much fun to crawl through. Gorgeous views. We saw a California Condor which was incredible. Bring water shoes for the caves. A lot of the trail is pretty exposed, so plenty of water and sun protection is essential. Overall a great way to see a large portion of the park in one day!

Stephen Tyler
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Amazing views, solid distance, and an overall great hike. Pinnacles NP is beautiful, and this trail is a great showcase for the terraforming taking place here.

Gultaj Sangha
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Hiking

Beautiful Vistas once you get to the top of the ridge!

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Nathalie Cruz
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Hiking

Been wanting to do this hike for awhile and it was great. Got there a little bit later so it was crowded because of the holiday weekend. So had to wait for the shuttle. you can also just hike up after paying for entrance fee. There were sections where there were groups of people and felt compacted but then got longer sections where you didn't see to many people.

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J D
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Hiking

Parts were hard but we did it. 5 hours later so worth it after

AllTrails User
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HikingRocky

It was an awsome journey we hiked the whole trail took about 5 hours

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David Dilworth
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Hiking

We did a 10mi loop from west chaparral trailhead to balconies around to bear gulch, the reservoir and thru high peaks. Great hike.

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Ethan Heald
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Cooper Douglas Raterink
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It was too hot by about 10 or 11am to hike through the high peaks area. I suggest to enjoy this hike you get an early start (maybe 7am) and hike counter clockwise, so that you summit the high peaks first and can hike the shaded areas as the sun rises.

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K B.
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Hiking

Watch out for rattle-snakes! Beautiful flora. Hop the pinnacles, China-esque trek, challenging and long. Late day sun magnify the beauty.

Paul Crozier
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Hiking

a great hike in a beautiful state park. I'd recommend getting there early to avoid the heat (that really kicks in from midday), but also to get a spot at the trailhead park. also remember to have $30 in cash to put in the envelope. best parts of the hike were the caves, the views and the worst would be the excessive people on the bear gulch side walking to the reservoir. But overall a beautiful hike. oh and bring at least 2 litres of water per person, maybe more!

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David Welch
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This was probably the most challenging hike I’ve done, considering it was near 98 degrees in the peak of the afternoon. Though it was quite the climb, flys to the point I wanted to die, the fulfillment I got at the end of it was worth every bit of it. Lots of friendly people, climbers to stop and watch, a gorgeous lake, views for days, and even a few, but scarce, rocks to climb under to catch our breath along the way. Highly recommend but consider an insect repentant of some kind. Get there early to get decent parking and BRING LOTS OF WATER!

David Seaford
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loved it!

Chris M.
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Great View from High Peaks!

James Stanger
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Amazing wildflowers, birds, trees and the rock formations are unparalleled. There are caves, lakes, creeks, condors. This hike has it all.

Monica Mihailo
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Bree Lestari
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Did the hike yesterday. Started late around 10:30am. Was a little too warm but the breeze made it bearable. It got crowded at midday. The walk through the cave was great. Once we got through it; a beautiful oasis awaits us surrounded by beautiful rock formations. We saw so many wild flowers, squirrels, birds, and the condor. What a Beautiful place! It’s over two and a half hour drive from San Francisco, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Ashburn Piland
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Romela Morga-Buenaventura
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Hiking

By far it was a beautiful view. I was amazed every corner I turned. The waterfall was beautiful. I went during rainy season so I saw multiples falls. The cave, WOW!!! You have to be there to know what I felt. We took the bear gulch trail!!!! Very nice..

David S.
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Hiking

Hot! in the afternoon. Somewhat crowded.

Michael Solis
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Beautiful views and interesting caves!

Tammy Nguyen
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Awesome moderated hike of 12.5 miles, gain 2,073 ft elevation. Started at Chaparral trail head, from Juniper Canyon trail, High Peaks trail, Rim trail, Bear Cave Gulch trail, Bench trail, Old Pinnacles trail, and lastly Balconies Cave trail. Brought 6 bottles of water and good enough for 2 of us. Lot of wild flowers, cool reservoir and dark caves, interesting in a way, bring headlamps or use mobile flash light to navigate in dark caves.

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