Explore the most popular birding trails near Paicines with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely breathtaking, being beautiful and harder but completely worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

View from the top is definitely worth it! It's a pretty strenuous hike and is a constant climb, but the trails are very well maintained and there are spots to stop, rest, and enjoy the view along the way. It's not well shaded, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. The park is really heavily trafficked, and there was no parking when I got there at 9am.

Climb not too bad. Amazing views. And we saw three condors!!!!

Amazing hike, one of the best I’ve been to. Very exhausting on the hot day, make sure to get enough water and snacks.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Very much worth the incline work. Saw California condors as well as hawks and multitude of picturesque rock formations. Photo opportunities everywhere.

awesome! This section is part of our 12.5 loop trail with spectacular views of valleys and meadows. Moderate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hiking weather while it’s still cool. Not many wildflowers yet but I’d expect them soon. Shooting stars and bush poppies make up the majority of visible blooms.

Beautiful hike. Took us about 3 hours with generous breaks in between. Steep and narrow trail had rocky stairs that were cool to climb. Saw plentiful amount of California condors and turkey vultures!

hiking
2 months ago

so fun

hiking
2 months ago

Two friends flew in for a 45 minute visit at the top. Mating pair of condors. Incredible experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Pinnacles never disappoints! We went a little farther down to South chalone peak which was good to get some more distance but not much to see down there! North chalone peak was gorgeous!

A little more strenuous than anticipated. Great way to see California Condors!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Good to hike in the winter when weather is mild.

The views are amazing and worth the hike. It gets hot fast up there so either go when it’s cold or go super early.

beautiful hike!!

most beautiful hike in the park. great chance to see condors!!

Nice trail with beautiful vistas. Up close to two Condors (236 & 340) warming themselves in the early morning sun; 15 feet off the trail.

Get there early to get parking and on the trail before it gets busy.

Saw a BIG Bobcat just off the road as we left the Chaparral Parking area. Great day.

Lots of other trails to explore next time.

Tough. Don’t do this hike in 90-100 degree weather. Bad mistake. Lol!

Did not complete trail but made up to the very top and returned. This trail has some challenges if you don't like heights. My wife and i loved it and want to do it again

Great hike! It is steep but well worth it!

trail running
6 months ago

started at Chaparral parking lot and ran up to high peaks via Juniper Canyon. Then made my way down and up ro North Chalone Peak. After a rest went on to South Chalone Peak. trails are in excellent condition. Made my way back and down to Bear Gulch and up to Condor Canyon. Finally went back down via high peaks trail. 19 mile with over 5,400ft of elevation gain. Just beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

We were told at the check in desk “no, you don’t want to do this hike”. It was apparently based on our apparent age! We ignored the “suggestion” and completed the high peaks trail and the caves. Challenging, but worth every step.

hiking
7 months ago

Took my team from work for an outing here and everyone loved it. Easy access, short enough to ensure everyone can finish in a few hours.
There are a couple sections that are very unique and the trail makes for some awesome pictures of going down dark caves and walking up steep stairs carved in the rocks.
A great hike to do for 1st time hikers in Pinnacles

pretty cool trail, but fairly exposed.

hiking
9 months ago

Best views in the park!

Beautiful trails in all directions. just really hot on West trails.

Early cool morning hike, took 3hr 50 min for full loop

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views and well kept trails. I started my hike around 9 am and by 11 the temperature was about 105. It's a steady climb, but it felt extremely hard with the heat. Bring lots of water and I recommend taking breaks if done in the middle of the day.

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