North Wilderness Trail to Twin Knolls

Soledad, California

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This is a lovely hike away from the weekend crowds. Hikers get a taste of the Pinnacles wilderness area, crossing a meadow and walking through rolling chaparral with two knoll viewpoints looking back at the west face of the Pinnacles and the North Chalone Peak fire tower. This hike is a nice contrast to caves, tunnels, and steep trails into volcanic high peaks where you are hiking in the postcard. The trailhead at the far end of the Chaparral Picnic Area takes you away from the weekend fray and opens the portal to a more serene scene across a meadow, rewarded with a colorful spring bloom of wildflowers following a wet winter and plum-colored buckwheat bushes in the drier months.
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 lovely hike away from the weekend crowds. Hikers get a taste of the Pinnacles wilderness area, crossing a meadow and walking through rolling chaparral with two knoll viewpoints looking back at the west face of the Pinnacles and the North Chalone Peak fire tower.

This hike is a nice contrast to caves, tunnels, and steep trails into volcanic high peaks where you are hiking in the postcard. The trailhead at the far end of the Chaparral Picnic Area takes you away from the weekend fray and opens the portal to a more serene scene across a meadow, rewarded with a colorful spring bloom of wildflowers following a wet winter and plum-colored buckwheat bushes in the drier months.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soledad
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,386 feet
Top Elevation: 2,099 feet
Local Maps: USGS North Chalone Peak and Bickmore Canyon; Pinnacles National Park map; Tom Harrison map of Pinnacles National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to North Wilderness Trail to Twin Knolls

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