Pinnacles Overlook Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paicines, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

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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 Pinnacles Overlook Trail starts just after the visitor center, heading towards the pinnacles. The trail gently winds up the hillside until you hit your first split. Either choice will bring you around the loop. If you head to the right, a second split will appear. The trail to the right is the Jawbone Trail that leads to the Chaparral Parking area. Upon doing the loop, one finds a beautiful overlook of the pinnacles and balconies formations. Trail should take 20-30 minutes.

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Charlie C
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Super easy trail/loop right at west entrance gate . Great views of the park

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Lauren Maxie
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Great trail. Very easy and kid-friendly with plenty of views. Quite a bit of feces/scat on the trails so watch out. Also, it’s apparently tarantula mating season so watch where you step - you won’t miss them.

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Steve Zamora
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Deane Gardner
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Martha Negrete
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Good hike. My bf and I went on the loop and got off of the loop on a trail which was a more moderate trail. I would recommend the loop trail to everyone. It is stroller and kid friendly. However, the trail that is off the loop I would recommend to individuals who are more experienced with hiking. I would consider this a moderate trail due to elevation (and the heat which makes it a little harder)

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Larry Jarrett
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Easy trail with nice views. Good warm up and overview of the Pinnacles. Informative interpretive signage.

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Sam Vandewater
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Short, easy hike with a very rewarding view on a clear day.

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Rodrigo Menezes
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Yaron Shiba
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Stephen Lok
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Jack Canchola
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Enoch Choi
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Arnon Lewinstein
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Mary Lopez
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Tim Barnes
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Jordan Herrick
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Rob Nebeker
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Roxy Jones
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Darren Spothelfer
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Ed Frey
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Ed Frey
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