"Balconies Cave can be accessed from either the west or the east sides of Pinnacles National Monument. This hike accesses the cave from the east entrance via the Old Pinnacles Trail, which is the easiest route between the east and west sections of the park. The scenic route follows the West Fork of Chalone Creek up the canyon on a gentle grade. En route, the footpath crosses several bridges over the drainage while traveling through an open forest of gray pines, live oaks, willows, buckeye, and streamside veg- etation. The trail ends at Balconies Cave. Balconies Cave is not a typical subterranean cave. It is actu- ally a talus cave. The tunnel-like cavern was formed when mas- sive rocks fell into a narrow, stream-cut canyon. The boulders, loosened by erosion and earthquakes, formed a ceiling over the canyon. The passageway can be walked from one end to the other. Weaving through the cave includes climbing, ducking, squeezing, and scrambling in a dark and narrow passage with low ceilings. (A flashlight is required as you work your way through the pitch-black cave.) After climbing through the cave, the trail makes a return loop on the Balconies Cliffs Trail, clambering up and over the cave below while traversing the mountainside."