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Tunnel Trail

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A short, steep trail that includes passage through a ~50 ft man-made tunnel.


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0.6

Miles

0.9

KM

Point to Point

2,484' 757 m

High

2,086' 636 m

Low

7' 2 m

Up

398' 121 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy the tunnel. However, getting there will require some elevation gain.

Check for raptor closures before attempting any off-trail hiking or climbing.

Description

If accessing this trail from the junction with the High Peaks Trail, follow the trail southwest as it continually descends through a series of switchbacks and open trail sections. Chaparral covered hillsides are punctuated with rock formations like Proclamation Pinnacle, Burgundy Dome, Ball Pinnacle, and Teapot Dome, which are easily seen from this trail.

Near the end of the trail, cross over a small metal bridge and enter the ~50 ft man-made tunnel that was carved into a piece of rock next to Chaos Crag by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The trail ends after exiting the tunnel where it junctions with the Juniper Canyon Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Pinnacles is currently one of five release sites for California Condors. The park hosts more than thirty of these scavengers. These birds are best seen in the higher regions of the park and can also often be seen on a hill behind the campsites. Pinnacles is also home to many species of raptors and other birds and is an excellent area for birding.

Wildflowers 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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Quin TCM

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Photos

Pinnacles National Park  - High Peaks Trail.
May 22, 2016 near Soledad, CA
The view down Tunnel Trail.
May 26, 2015 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles National Park - Pinnacles Tr
May 1, 2016 near Soledad, CA
A look back toward the parking area and the elevation you just climbed on the Juniper Canyon Trail.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Juniper Canyon Trail as it climbs up the hill.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA
The tunnel for which the tunnel trail is named.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA

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Feb 20, 2021
David Hitchcock
Jan 10, 2021
David Hitchcock
Jan 7, 2021
Tom Herr
Short cut from west to High Peaks. Made into a trail by the CCC including the tunnel, trail cut into rocks and retaining walls on switchbacks. 0.6mi
May 11, 2020
Mike Nugent
Jul 22, 2018
Claire Metka
Apr 21, 2018
Victoria Yau
Nov 28, 2016
Kelly McMicken
Mar 27, 2011
David Hitchcock
0.6mi