ElevationAscent: 11' 3 m
Descent: -100' -30 m
High: 1,385' 422 m
Low: 1,296' 395 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A flat, easy trail leading to the Balconies area of Pinnacles National Park.”— QuinTCM TCM
This is an easy, flat trail leading to The Balconies area of the park. The trail is at first open and airy, offering views of two of Pinnacles most imposing rock formations, Machete Ridge to the east and The Balconies to the west.
At the third small bridge crossing, however, the trail enters The Balconies area and gets up and close with the rock formations. The trail passes formations called The Shepherd, Hummingbird Spire, The Gameshow, and the obviously looming large Machete Ridge. The trail ends at a junction with the Balconies Cliffs Trails and the Balconies Cave Trail after a small bridge crossing.
Wild flowers like Larkspur, California buckeye, Elegant clarkia, California buckwheat, Mariposa lily, Bush poppy, Gray mule-ears, Indian Warrior, California poppy and many others are abundant in spring.
Look for manzanita shrubs interspersed among patches of chaparral.
The park is also home to around 300 different species of lichens, which are easily visible on the many rock formations they color.
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