Bear Gulch Trail

Soledad, California

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This is a “must-hike” moderate trail laced with wooden footbridges across seasonal Bear Gulch Creek, passing beautiful time- and element-sculpted boulders that tumble into cascades and waterfalls during wet winters and early spring. Even in dryer conditions, ferns and clump grass–like sedges adorn the creek bed under the canopy of sycamore, oak, and buckeye trees. Popular Bear Gulch Day Use Area boasts several tempting trailheads. The Peaks View trailhead at the east end of the parking lot is the gateway to Bear Gulch Trail, one of the park’s most enchanting hikes and voted one of the favorites among park employees. Bear Gulch Trail is unmarked except for the trail sign that reads To Peaks View. This hike is a moderate rather than easy 2-mile out-and-back because what goes down must come up.
Best Easy Day Hikes Pinnacles National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes Pinnacles National Park

by Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This is a “must-hike” moderate trail laced with wooden footbridges across seasonal Bear Gulch Creek, passing beautiful time- and element-sculpted boulders that tumble into cascades and waterfalls during wet winters and early spring. Even in dryer conditions, ferns and clump grass–like sedges adorn the creek bed under the canopy of sycamore, oak, and buckeye trees.

Popular Bear Gulch Day Use Area boasts several tempting
trailheads. The Peaks View trailhead at the east end of the
parking lot is the gateway to Bear Gulch Trail, one of the park’s most enchanting hikes and voted one of the favorites
among park employees. Bear Gulch Trail is unmarked except
for the trail sign that reads To Peaks View. This hike is a moderate rather than easy 2-mile out-and-back because what goes down must come up.

© 2016 Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soledad
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,279 feet
Top Elevation: 1,279 feet
Local Maps: USGS North Chalone Peak; Pinnacles National Park map; Tom Harrison map of Pinnacles National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Gulch Trail

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