This is a sweet trail that combines shade and a moderate incline to open views of striking volcanic formations contrasted by the oasis-like feel of the unlikely body of water at the foot of Chalone Peak’s more arid chaparral zone. The trail then loops through an enchanting boulder tunnel and cliff-shouldered corridor back into Bear Gulch.
Within 250 feet from the trail-head, the trail cuts through a
shady picnic area before reaching the Moses Spring parking
area and another trailhead sign for the High Peaks. Note
that although you can park here to hike to the High Peaks,
there are only ten spaces, and they typically fill up with rock climbers getting an early start, especially on weekends.
Soledad, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.95