Peaks View Day Use Area to Bear Gulch Day Use Area

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Pinnacles National Park

Peaks View Day Use Area to Bear Gulch Day Use Area is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soledad, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length2.5 miElevation gain301 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsForestRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Pinnacles National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. The Bear Gulch and Balconies Caves can periodically be closed due to bat activity and dangerous conditions such as high waters during or after a storm. Please check for current cave conditions here: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htm

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Erol Cultu
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I didn’t go to the end of bench trail. Instead broke off and took sycamore trail to bear gulch. This is what most people did. This hike itself is ok. First mile pretty boring. Sycamore trail is cool and bear gulch is awesome. Very limited parking there so you need to hike there from east end visitor center

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Linda Baxter
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Awesome

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Isaac Rodriquez
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Great views, water falls

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Keren Wasserman
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AllTrails User
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Mike Castro
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thomas carte
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Scott Eaton
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Rohit Sridhar
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Albert Gussmann
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Hui-Shun Hung
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Alan Sittig
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Jennifer Eneriz
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Moderate trail with steady flats combined with a mildly strenuous uphill at the end. Poles not necessary but helpful.

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Alex Alex Baker
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Hunter Henderson
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Anna Chan
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Nicki Lynn
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Pinnacles Visitors Center to Bear Gulch and just beyond to the first hill of Condor Gulch. Nice day for a hike; warm, but not too hot. Bring sunscreen and lots of water.

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Gabi Brittsan
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Great trail. Family friendly. On the way there is a water fill and bathroom area and then picnic tables, water fill, and bathrooms at the Bear Gulch Day Use Area. There is lots of shade along the trail but plenty of sunny patches too, sun hats and sunscreen is needed.

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James Adams
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Such a great trail. I would say this is a little more than easy. Gets a little steep at the end.

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Martha Connolly
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All other trails at Pinnacles are closed this weekend out of an abundance of caution over nearby wildfires. We made the most out of it but it was a fairly basic hike with some wonderful views. Looking forward to returning when the park is more open!

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Luis Vargas
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Luis Salazar
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Kris Marsh
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Hot.

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Sun _Walker B
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Did this trail as part of a 17. 6 mile hike with two friends during our 4 day stay in Pinnacles N.P. We did this trail, with the others on Tues. June 23rd. This was my first visit to the park, and the campground was amazing. Clean, large sites. Thankfully I brought my own camping shower, as the campground only has 2 showers total for the women, in the entire campground. It was hot, over 100 degrees most days, especially the day we did our most hiking. The camp hosts are super nice and drive around often to make sure all is well, and quiet. The trail we did starts in the campground (bench trail), crosses a road (pinnacles highway), follows a dry river bed and goes into a forested area. This area is cool and shaded, but very short lived. LOL. Beautiful though. From the bear gulch nature center we chose the Bear gulch trail which would take us to the moses spring trail, to the bear gulch reservoir, to the rim trail, to the high peaks, to the steep and narrows trai back down condor gulch and back to camp. It climbs high and is exposed for most of the duration of the hike. There is little to no shade on this trail except for a tree here or there. The views during the entire hike are so amazing. There are rock formations and color changes that will surprise you and awe you. The high point was the fun rock scramble towards the top of condor gulch...we didn't see any condors that day, but lots of hawks. I am afraid of heights, but the steep and narrows trail at the top of high peaks is something to be seen and experienced. It is fun and challenging and scary and the handrails are helpful, albeit hot from the days sun. But it should be explored if you are up at the top because it is not a park to visit many times. It is such a small and beautiful park, that a few days visit will have you completing all the trails and no real need to come back unless you are a local. Highly recommend this national park. It is small, But it is mighty.

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Diem Chau
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Tim Barnes
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Beginning this trail up to Bear Gulch from visitor center June 2020 as road is closed beyond visitor center. It’s 6.7 miles total to the bear gulch day area and back. The first half mile is through the campground and not scenic, next 1.5 miles is completely flat and nice through the dried out river bed. After that, the trail goes up hill (moderate grade) through a lush area fed by the underground cave system. At the top are the ranger HQs and parking lot with trail heads to condor gulch and the high peaks. We didn’t continue as probably 75% of the trail is exposed and it was a hot day. I’d recommend and would go back. Next time I’ll bring a bike to get to the bear gulch area and hike from there.

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