Pinnacles National Monument Trails

To find trails in Pinnacles National Monument, California select a region or trail below.

Tarantulas and Moonlight Walks at an Ancient Volcano: Pinnacles National Monument :: Soledad, CA

See the setting sun burnish the volcanic cliffs and spires in rich, warm hues; explore the dark, cool world of a cave; or watch determined tarantulas search for a mate at one of California's most unusual natural settings. Have you ever had the itch t

Pinnacles Campground :: Paicines, CA

Pinnacles National Park is a fascinating park. Miles of challenging trails thread over rock outcrops, along creeks, and even through caves. Unfortunately, the park’s prime walk-in campground, on the west side of the park, was washed away in 1998’s El

High Peaks–Tunnel Trail Loop via Juniper Canyon :: Soledad, CA

Established in 1908, Pinnacles National Monument contains more than 26,000 acres in the low rolling hills of the Gabilan Range. The monument is tucked away east of Salinas Valley near Soledad and King City. The oddly shaped geological formations, rem

North Chalone Peak Trail :: Pinnacles, CA

On a normal day at North Chalone Peak lookout, there is a panoramic view of Pinnacles National Monument to the north, the Diablo Range to the east, and across the Salinas Valley to the Santa Lucia Range to the west. If the day is exceptionally clear,

North Wilderness Loop Trail :: Pinnacles, CA

The trail along the north boundary of Pinnacles National Monument offers a chance to get away from the crowds and explore the chaparral ecosystem. This is a wilderness trek that wanders along creek bottoms richly covered with grasses, gray foothill p

High Peaks Loop Trail :: Pinnacles, CA

From shaded creeks and underground adventures to cliff-hanging trails skirting under gnome-shaped knobs, this loop samples the most scenic and unique features of Pinnacles National Monument. Although the trails can be hiked year-round, spring is espe

Condor Gulch and the High Peaks Trail: East Loop :: Soledad, CA

Condor Gulch, in the heart of Pinnacles National Monument, is home to the endangered California condors. The rocky canyon on the south slope of the High Peaks is a nesting and roosting site for the scavenger bird. Part way up the canyon is the Condor

Pinnacles National Park :: Soledad, CA

Pinnacles National Park is divided into east and west districts, with no road connecting the two. Spectacular trails weave through jagged rock spires and connect the two sections of the monument. The west district is the main section of the park, and

Balconies Cave via Balconies Trail :: Soledad, CA

Balconies Cave is not a typical subterranean cavern but rather a talus cave created from a rock-roofed passage. The tunnel-like cavern was formed from a jumble of huge boulders that toppled into the narrow stream-fed canyon, creating a cave-like ceil

San Andreas Fault Scenic Drive: I-5 to Hollister :: Coalinga, CA

A 110-mile-long drive that begins on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley, follows long grassy valleys formed by the San Andreas Rift Zone and traverses the edge of the Gabilan Range to Hollister. This scenic drive follows California highways 1

Bear Gulch Cave :: Soledad, CA

This popular loop hike is the easiest and shortest hike in Pinnacles National Monument, yet it is a fascinating and diverse journey. Bear Gulch Cave is another talus cave that was formed by giant boulders falling into a narrow canyon, wedging themsel

Balconies Cave via Old Pinnacles Trail :: Soledad, CA

Balconies Cave can be accessed from either the west or the east sides of Pinnacles National Monument. This hike accesses the cave from the east entrance via the Old Pinnacles Trail, which is the easiest route between the east and west sections of the