Bear Gulch Day Use Area to Lower Cave

Soledad, California

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It is worth noting that Pinnacles National Park has some of the most accessible talus caves in the National Park System. Cave lovers who don’t have a lot of time or stamina for a long hike will love this trail. In addition to the unique rock-step climb out of the cave (flashlight required), this hike loops back along the volcanic walls of the gulch, passing Moses Spring, where you may spot the endangered red-legged frog soaking in the freshwater spring. Your passage through the cave on this route will be short but memorable. This hike is also a good alternative to the more exposed hillside and Pinnacles slope trails that can get uncomfortably to dangerously hot in the summer.
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)

It is worth noting that Pinnacles National Park has some of the most accessible talus caves in the National Park System. Cave lovers who don’t have a lot of time or stamina for a long hike will love this trail. In addition to the unique rock-step climb out of the cave (flashlight required), this hike loops back along the volcanic walls of the gulch, passing Moses Spring, where you may spot the endangered red-legged frog soaking in the freshwater spring.

Your passage through the cave on this route will be short but memorable. This hike is also a good alternative to the more exposed hillside and Pinnacles slope trails that can get uncomfortably to dangerously hot in the summer.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soledad
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,279 feet
Top Elevation: 1,606 feet
Local Maps: USGS North Chalone Peak; Pinnacles National Park map; Tom Harrison map of Pinnacles National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Gulch Day Use Area to Lower Cave

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