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South Chalone Peak Trail

Intermediate

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1.6 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
66% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 579' 177 m
Descent: -525' -160 m
High: 3,209' 978 m
Low: 2,630' 802 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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An airy, unmaintained trail leading to views from Pinnacles National Park's second highest point.

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WARNING! After reaching South Chalone Peak, the trail continues to descend. However, following the trail further leads to nothing but open wilderness.

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

Bring lots of water! None is available along the trail.

Description

Near the end of the Chalone Peak Trail to North Chalone Peak, the trail continues on to South Chalone Peak, the second highest point in Pinnacles National Park. The beginning of the trail is marked by a lone barbed wire fence post located on the south side of a metal gate. Follow this unmaintained trail as it first descends into a saddle between two ridgelines. After descending, the trail ascends again to a second ridge line before ending at South Chalone Peak. The peak is marked by a small rock cairn. Head back the way you came!

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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Photos

Harlem from North Chalone Peak
Oct 14, 2017 near Soledad, CA
Looking back to North Chalone Peak from South Chalone Peak.
Feb 20, 2016 near Soledad, CA
The old fire tower.
Feb 20, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Another gate climb on the trail that you need to traverse in order to get to the top of the peak.
Feb 20, 2016 near Soledad, CA
The trail gets narrow at this point and becomes less maintained.
Feb 20, 2016 near Soledad, CA
A view toward the west, with farmland and mountains in the distance.
Feb 20, 2016 near Soledad, CA

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