This 5.3-mile hike is the Old Pinnacles trail to Balconies Cave loop in Pinnacles National Park. We will do an out and back hike to the opposite side of the caves.
Meeting Place: The Visitor Center at the East Entrance
Important Note: We will not be going into the Balconies Cave
Using a GPS Device For Navigation
When entering the park address or name in a GPS device, motorists can be routed to a side of the park which they did not intent to visit. When using GPS, verify your route using a map or the driving directions listed below.
For devices which coordinates may be manually entered, use the above coordinates to aid in your navigation to the intended side of the park.
Directions from the North:
From the San Francisco Bay Area to the East Entrance:
Take Hwy 101 south through the city of Gilroy to Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25, go through the town of Hollister and continue about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146, then turn left into the Pinnacles Campground to check in at Pinnacles Visitor Center. From the campground, the Bear Gulch Area is 3.5 miles further into the park along Hwy 146.
Distance: 5.3 miles round trip
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty (without caves): Easy