Balconies Trail to Balconies Cliffs via Balconies Cave

Soledad, California

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If you could do only one hike in Pinnacles National Park, this would be the one—as long as you are not anxious about small dark spaces and do not have issues with high places. This hike offers a close-up view of Pinnacles National Park from the bottom to the top. The trail begins in exposed chaparral before entering a cool canyon and portal to the boulder-tumble tunnel passage known as Balconies Cave. You will need a flashlight in the talus “cave.” You emerge at the junction for the climb up the lofty panoramic trail at the base of the Balconies Cliffs, where raptors roost, before dropping back down to the canyon floor.
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)

If you could do only one hike in Pinnacles National Park, this would be the one—as long as you are not anxious about small dark spaces and do not have issues with high places. This hike offers a close-up view of Pinnacles National Park from the bottom to the top.

The trail begins in exposed chaparral before entering a cool canyon and portal to the boulder-tumble tunnel passage known as Balconies Cave. You will need a flashlight in the talus “cave.” You emerge at the junction for the climb up the lofty panoramic trail at the base of the Balconies Cliffs, where raptors roost, before dropping back down to the canyon floor.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soledad
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,389 feet
Top Elevation: 1,465 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 Balconies Cliffs via Balconies Cave

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