ElevationAscent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -398' -121 m
High: 2,484' 757 m
Low: 2,086' 636 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A short, steep trail that includes passage through a ~50 ft man-made tunnel.”— QuinTCM TCM
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.
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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Land Manager: NPS - Pinnacles National Park