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Monterey County California Hiking Trails

High Peaks-Balconies Cave Loop

Pinnacles National Monument
(West Side)

The 7.8 mile High Peaks-Balconies Cave Loop is a strenuous hike to and through High Peaks, easy - moderate through the Balconies Cave; excellent views. Cave may be closed for short periods in winter due to flooding. Six unbridged creek crossings. Flashlight required through caves. Due to construction on the east side of the park, this hike should be started from the main parking area on the west side.


Pinnacles National Monument has two entrances: east & west. To reach the west entrance from the town of Soledad, travel east on Hwy 146 to the Chaparral area.

To reach the east entrance from Hwy 25 between Hollister and King City, travel south on Hwy 25, then west on Hwy 146.

There are no roads connecting the east and west sides of the Monument.

When trying to decide which side of the Monument to visit, keep in mind that there is a variety of trails that start from either side. To visit a cave, the west side offers the Balconies Cave Loop, which is a 2.0 mile round trip. However, the road to the west side is winding and narrow, if traveling in an RV, you may want to enter from the east.

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