Moses Spring Trail
ElevationAscent: 236' 72 m
Descent: -18' -6 m
High: 1,630' 497 m
Low: 1,413' 431 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A beautiful trail above Bear Gulch Cave that passes beneath Moses Spring Wall.”— QuinTCM TCM
Family Friendly This is a great trail with some fun sections that kids will enjoy. It is also great for making a short loop after or before climbing through Bear Gulch Cave.
Continue west past the Bear Gulch Cave Trail where the trail turns directly south where Discovery Wall and Moses Spring Wall meet. Follow the trail south along as it moves between, around, and over rocks. A rock formation called The Camel is visible from this part of the trail high up on the Moses Spring Wall.
Shortly before the end of the trail, the huge cuboid formation called The Monolith will come into view. The trail heads around The Monolith to the east. Near this area is the mid-point exit of the Bear Gulch Cave. Continuing around The Monolith, the trail eventually dips down into Bear Gulch and passes beneath several chockstones as well as passes over several small bridges. Here the trail meets with the Bear Gulch Cave Trail before turning south, passing beneath another large chockstone and then ascending some narrow stairs to its end at the Bear Gulch Reservoir.
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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