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36 mi 58 km of trail 4 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 12 Trails Intermediate Trails 12 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Pinnacles National Park was formed by fire, sculpted nearly 23 million years ago when multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to create this unique landscape. Take in the views of the towering rock spires teeming with life - Prairie and Peregrine Falcons, Golden Eagles, and the inspiring California Condor. Visitors can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms and enter rare talus caves while enjoying the impressive diversity of the park.

To learn more about Pinnacles National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Pinnacles Visitor Center: 9:30 am to 5 pm. Open daily.
  • Bear Gulch Nature Center: 10 am to 4 pm. Open weekends January through May.
  • West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station: 9 am to 4:30 pm. Open weekends and some holidays.

Visiting Tips

The East Entrance of Pinnacles National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The West Entrance is gated, and the gate is open from 7:30 am to 8 pm for entrance to the park. The gate will automatically open for visitors exiting the park after hours. There are no connecting roads between the two entrances.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

The Pinnacles Campground is only accessible from the East Entrance. The campground offers tent and group camping, along with RV sites. Tent and RV sites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance, and group sites can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. For reservations, please visit recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. Camping is prohibited at West Pinnacles.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants located in the park. There are a variety of dining options located outside of the park in the nearby towns.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Ranger-led talks, guided hikes, and evening programs are offered each spring on the east side of the park. Night programs are occasionally offered on weekends in spring, summer, and fall months. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Shuttles:
The park operates a shuttle from Pinnacles Visitor Center to Bear Gulch Area. The hours of operation vary by season, and current hours of operation can be found at the park's website.

Other Activities

People come to Pinnacles National Park to hike, rock climb, watch and study wildlife, view wildflowers, and experience nature. Pinnacles offers solitude, challenge, and escape from the urban lanscape of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Unlike many national parks, Pinnacles is most popular in the cooler months - spring, fall, and winter are excellent times to visit. Visit the park's website to learn more about the many ways to explore Pinnacles.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Pinnacles National Park - 2

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gem Favorite Though you'll have to navigate tight clearances, Bear Gulch Cave provides both a respite from the sweltering heat and the unique opportunity to explore a talus cave.

Bear Gulch Cave

(12) Soledad, CA
gem Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!

High Peaks Viewpoint

(4) Soledad, CA

Featured Hikes in Pinnacles National Park - 4

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Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

High Peaks

5.1 mi 8.2 km • Out and Back • 1,444 ft Ascent 440.22 m Ascent

(32) Soledad, CA
Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

Balconies and High Peaks Loop

9.0 mi 14.4 km • Loop • 1,718 ft Ascent 523.76 m Ascent

(7) Soledad, CA
Favorite Pinnacles National Park on the Balconies trail.
Intermediate

Balconies Cave Loop

2.6 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 400 ft Ascent 121.84 m Ascent

(13) Soledad, CA
Favorite Pinnacles National Park on the Balconies trail.
Intermediate

North Wilderness and Balconies Cave Loop

10.7 mi 17.2 km • Loop • 1,108 ft Ascent 337.58 m Ascent

(4) Soledad, CA

Trails in Pinnacles National Park - 20

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0.2 mi 0.4 km #1Bear Gulch Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.4 km Soledad, CA
5.0 mi 8.1 km #2High Peaks Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
5.0 mi 8.1 km Soledad, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #3Balconies Cave Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Soledad, CA
1.8 mi 3.0 km #4Juniper Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Soledad, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.8 mi 3.0 km Soledad, CA
0.8 mi 1.4 km #5Balconies Cliffs Trails
Easy/Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.4 km Soledad, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #6Moses Spring Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Soledad, CA
3.3 mi 5.3 km #7Chalone Peak Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
3.3 mi 5.3 km Soledad, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #8Condor Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.7 km Soledad, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #9Rim Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Soledad, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #10Bear Gulch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Soledad, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #11Tunnel Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Soledad, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #12Old Pinnacles Trail
Easy
Soledad, CA
Easy
2.1 mi 3.4 km Soledad, CA
6.8 mi 10.9 km #13North Wilderness Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
6.8 mi 10.9 km Soledad, CA
2.5 mi 4.1 km #14Bench Trail
Easy
Soledad, CA
Easy
2.5 mi 4.1 km Soledad, CA
2.3 mi 3.8 km #15South Wilderness Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.8 km Soledad, CA
1.6 mi 2.7 km #16South Chalone Peak Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.7 km Soledad, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #17Prewett Point Trail
Easy
Soledad, CA
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Soledad, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #18Jawbone Trail
Intermediate
Soledad, CA
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Soledad, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #19Balconies Trail
Easy
Soledad, CA
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Soledad, CA
1.9 mi 3.1 km #20Bacon Road Trail
Easy
Soledad, CA
Easy
1.9 mi 3.1 km Soledad, CA

Photos of Pinnacles National Park - 162

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Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Jan 27, 2016 near Soledad, CA
A juvenile california condor, as evidenced by the black head, glides on thermals around the High Peaks.
Dec 1, 2018 near Soledad, CA
The heart of Pinnacles National Park
Oct 14, 2017 near Soledad, CA
Though you'll have to navigate tight clearances, Bear Gulch Cave provides both a respite from the sweltering heat and the unique opportunity to explore a talus cave.
Aug 9, 2018 near Soledad, CA
The view of the Pinnacles from the western side of the park (as seen near the junction between Juniper Canyon Trail and the High Peaks) proved one of our favorites.
Aug 9, 2018 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles National Park on the Balconies trail.
Feb 2, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Condor 606 (Black 6) soars above the High Peaks. You can tell it is a condor by the white triangle under the wings instead of the all the feathers being white on the tips.
Dec 1, 2018 near Soledad, CA
California Condor hanging out on the high peaks trail.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA

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