Old Pinnacles Trail
ElevationAscent: 166' 50 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 1,198' 365 m
Low: 1,040' 317 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A flat, moderate trail that follows West Fork Chalone Creek to near Balconies Cave.”— QuinTCM TCM
Along the route, the trail makes several creek crossings. Although West Fork Chalone Creek is mostly dry, some of these crossings are wet. The first crossing is over a large bridge while all the others will require hopping on rocks or walking around where possible. The water is never more than ankle deep.
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.
Listen for the croaks of the California red-legged frog coming from the creek (especially near the bridge crossings).
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Land Manager: NPS - Pinnacles National Park