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Tunnel Trail

Intermediate

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0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
63% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -398' -121 m
High: 2,484' 757 m
Low: 2,086' 636 m

Grade

Avg 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.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

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

Description

If accessing this trail from the junction with the High Peaks Trail, follow the trail southwest as it continually descends through a series of switchbacks and open trail sections. Chaparral covered hillsides are punctuated with rock formations like Proclamation Pinnacle, Burgundy Dome, Ball Pinnacle, and Teapot Dome, which are easily seen from this trail.

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.

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

The view down Tunnel Trail.
May 26, 2015 near Soledad, CA
A look back toward the parking area and the elevation you just climbed on the Juniper Canyon Trail.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Juniper Canyon Trail as it climbs up the hill.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA
The tunnel for which the tunnel trail is named.
Feb 24, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles National Park  - High Peaks Trail.
May 22, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles National Park - Pinnacles Tr
May 1, 2016 near Soledad, CA

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