Balconies Cave Trail
ElevationAscent: 31' 10 m
Descent: -128' -39 m
High: 1,318' 402 m
Low: 1,199' 365 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“An excellent example of a talus cave that requires scrambling and climbing to get through.”— QuinTCM TCM
Continue through a metal gate and pass beneath a series of smaller chockstones inside of a gravel filled cleft. From here, continue climbing and scrambling through the cave, using your flashlight or headlamp to reveal the path.
Eventually, the cave opens up near another metal gate. Pass through the metal gate and follow the small stream by scrambling over some more rocks till the trail opens up a bit before coming to a junction with Old Pinnacles Trail and the Balconies Cliffs Trails.
This trail requires some small stream crossings in parts.
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