"The trail along the north boundary of Pinnacles National Monument offers a chance to get away from the crowds and explore the chaparral ecosystem. This is a wilderness trek that wanders along creek bottoms richly covered with grasses, gray foothill pines, junipers, and oaks, then climbs to an impenetrable mixture of chamise, buckbrush, and an occasional manzanita on the ridge crest. In the early spring, wildflowers cover the valley floor and ridges with colorful carpets of yellow, white, and blue. The North Wilderness Trail has been designated as unmaintained, which means trailheads are not signed, sections of the trail are steep, and maintenance is limited. Hikers must be prepared to crawl over fallen trees and wade shallow creeks. However, when equipped with a map, compass, plenty of water, and a flashlight for the caves, you can hike this trail with little difficulty. (Note: In the summer, carry a minimum of two quarts of water per person and start early to avoid the heat.)"