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Pinnacles National Park

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36 mi 58 km of trail 5 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 7 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 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 5:00 pm. Open daily.
  • Bear Gulch Nature Center: 10 am to 4 pm. Open weekends January - May.
  • West Pinnacles Visitor Contact Station: 9am to 4:30 pm. Open weekends and some holidays/weekends.

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.

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 Heading down into the cave.

Bear Gulch Cave

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

High Peaks Viewpoint

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Recommended Routes in Pinnacles National Park - 5

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Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Difficult

High Peaks

5.1 mi 8.2 km 1,444' Up 440.22 m Up 1,447' Down 440.95 m Down

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

Balconies Cave Loop

2.6 mi 4.3 km 400' Up 121.84 m Up 399' Down 121.74 m Down

Soledad, CA
Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Difficult

Balconies and High Peaks Loop

9.0 mi 14.4 km 1,718' Up 523.76 m Up 1,718' Down 523.74 m Down

Soledad, CA
Favorite Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Intermediate

High Peaks Loop from West Chaparral Parking

4.2 mi 6.8 km 1,259' Up 383.62 m Up 1,258' Down 383.57 m Down

Soledad, CA
Favorite Pinnacles National Park on the Balconies trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

North Wilderness and Balconies Cave Loop

10.7 mi 17.2 km 1,108' Up 337.58 m Up 1,100' Down 335.38 m Down

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

Photos of Pinnacles National Park - 166

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Beautiful views on High Peaks Trail!
Jan 27, 2016 near Soledad, CA
The heart of Pinnacles National Park
Oct 14, 2017 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
California Condor hanging out on the high peaks trail.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Condor 688 (Black 88).  If you visit the High Peaks, especially in the afternoon, you may get lucky to see one of these endangered animals.
Dec 1, 2018 near Soledad, CA
Heading down a ridge at Pinnacles.
Jun 5, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles surrounding Condor Gulch Overlook.
Oct 14, 2017 near Soledad, CA