Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

8 days ago

Not for the faint of heart or fear of heights. Did this loop with 5 adults and 6 kids ages 3-9. Had to take turns carrying the littlest one for some of the trail while she slept but once she got her nap in she was good to go another couple miles!
Steady uphill climb with amazing views from the top. When we got to the tiny "stairs" carved into the rock face we discussed going back for the safety of the children.....BUT instead just devised a safe plan to keep moving forward and made it without difficulty.
The kids enjoyed the caves the most! BUT beware, the caves can be very wet and slippery, be cautious. As we approached the other park entrance, there was EMS crews there and they were life flighting someone out who had gotten hurt in the caves. We made it through without any issues or problems to speak of. It did take much of the day. Pack plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks! I definitely recommend this trail for experienced hikers.

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Be sure to take lots of water and snacks if you do the whole loop. Should take about 4 hours unless you stop to take in all the beautiful views. Would definitely do this again.

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

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

4 months ago

so fun

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

5 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!!

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!

8 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.

9 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.

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

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This is a tough hike! The first few miles are the hardest part as it's all uphill until you get to the peaks. The views are beautiful, so the trek is definitely worth it. The rest is downhill or flat until you get to the Balconies caves, which was a nice break from the hot sun. They rock formations within the caves were insane and was a good way to end the hike. I definitely recommend bringing a lot of water and bug spray. We had flies swarming us for the majority of the hike.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hit the road at 5:30 and was on the trail at 8:15. Had a great workout on this hike this morning and totally worth it. Temp was right on the edge of warm but fine and there was a nice breeze much of the time. Sky was cobalt blue.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Awesome trail! It's already very dry up there so bring lots of water.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This hike was gorgeous in April - not cold, not hot. We took the recommendation of the Park Ranger at the visitor center and started with the climb first - high peaks trail to tunnel trail to juniper canyon trail to balconies cave trail to old pinnacles trail. It was perfect. We had to park at Peaks View parking lot, so had an extra mile or so along the bench trail. 9.2 miles total. It was a great day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Start early to beat the heat, and camel up with water. Diverse terrain and a variety of flora, fauna and scenic vistas make this hike a rich reward for your efforts. We began our clockwise circuit with some easy spelunking through the Bear Gulch Cave (roosting spot of the female Townsend's Bats) and followed the running sweet water back to its source at the Reservoir. Red legged frogs were successfully reintroduced into the reservoir, so sadly swimming through their habitat is not an option. However, your uphill climb will be rewarded with scenic peaks made even more stunning by Spring wildflowers. There is an unexpected outhouse near the top. At the peak, pick your fav rock to perch upon and enjoy a well earned shady respite under the pine tree canopy. We picnicked with California Condors soaring above, watched a squirrel eating Miner's Lettuce at our feet, and Cliff Swallows tending to their nest on the rock face. Chiseled rock steps will make you feel like you are in some ancient Game of Thrones style civilization. The hot descent was sweetened by the aromatics of sage and chaparral. The Camp Store has a decent selection of cold brews to soothe your tired soles. We also took the opportunity to snag a National Parks passport, and chopped it with a Pinnacles stamp, officially inspired to visit other parks.

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