Balconies Trail to Machete Ridge

Soledad, California

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This less-than-2-mile route is an easy introductory hike to the chaparral- and rock-dominated Pinnacles realm. The trail is mostly flat, crossing a few seasonal creeks in the open before entering a shadier canyon to the base of Machete Ridge and a climber access trail junction. This hike is a good option for families with young children who cannot get a morning start for longer hikes in the spring, summer, and early fall when temperatures can rise quickly from warm to hot by midday.
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 less-than-2-mile route is an easy introductory hike to the chaparral- and rock-dominated Pinnacles realm. The trail is mostly flat, crossing a few seasonal creeks in the open before entering a shadier canyon to the base of Machete Ridge and a climber access trail junction.

This hike is a good option for families with young children who cannot get a morning start for longer hikes in the spring, summer, and early fall when temperatures can rise quickly from warm to hot by midday.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soledad
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,389 feet
Top Elevation: 1,404 feet
Local Maps: USGS North Chalone Peak; Pinnacles National Park map; Tom Harrison map of Pinnacles National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Balconies Trail to Machete Ridge

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Apr 2018