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Best trails in Paicines

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Looking for a great trail near Paicines, California? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, dogs no trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Pinnacles National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Uvas Canyon County Park or Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Paicines ranging from 1.1 to 9.5 miles and from 964 to 3,290 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Paicines
Top trails (25)
#1 - Moses Spring Trail to Bear Gulch Reservoir
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 39 m
#2 - Juniper Canyon Trail to High Peaks
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Beautifully shaded by the surrounding trees and chaparral for most of the hike but it can get very hot very quick. It begins fairly easy and quickly gains difficulty as you gain elevation. You will need plenty of water and watch out blackberry bushes and Mountain Misery which are both abundant.Show more
#3 - Moses Spring and Rim Trail Loop
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This loop is a good choice for rock formations, talus caves, and the reservoir on a short hike and also a good choice for children. Bear Gulch Cave is open seasonally. Flashlight required in the cave.Show more
#4 - High Peaks & Balconies Cave Loop Trail
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
Hike the highs and lows of Pinnacles National Monument, one of the best parks in central California. The striking terrain of the Pinnacles National Monument might make you feel like you're at least a couple of state borders away from the San Francisco Bay Area, but in truth this national park is less than a hundred miles south of San Jose. Our recommended route combines two of the most popular trails in the park - boasting caves, some tight squeezes in high places and to top it all off, the chance to spot the endangered Californian condor. Tips: - Summer conditions can be fierce on hikers in this park, so plan to tackle this park in cooler weather and remember to bring plenty of water. There is a water spigot at the West Chaparral parking lot which comes in useful. - Bring a flashlight or headlamp for the short yet pitch-black section of the Balconies Cave. - Check the park's official website for trail closures in the winter/spring nesting season. - A day use fee is payable at the park. Alternatives: - Balconies cave short semi-loop hike from the Chaparral entrance, with minimal elevation gain. - High Peaks loop trail from Bear Gulch, which boasts a shorter route to the top of the mountain, but without the Balconies Cave experience.Show more
#5 - Condor Gulch Trail To Overlook
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 46 m
Note: Bear Gulch Cave and Balconies Cave are periodically closed for bat pupping season and dangerous conditions such as high water during and after storms. Please visit this page to confirm if the cave is open before you visit: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htmShow more
#6 - High Peaks Trail
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
#7 - Balconies Trail to Machete Ridge
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 38 m
As of October 2020 the nearby caves are still experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. For current conditions please check: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htm Show more
#8 - Old Pinnacles Trail to Balconies
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
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.htmShow more
#9 - Balconies Trail
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
#10 - Balconies Cave Trail
Pinnacles National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
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 Bring a headlamp for the cave portion!Show more
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