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Hiking & Walking: California > Pinnacles National Monument

Quick Facts

Balconies Caves

Difficulty: Moderate easy trail to reach caves, caves require some agility
Length, One-way: .7 Miles (1.17 Kilometers) from trailhead to caves
Usage: Heavy especially in Spring and Fall




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General Description

The Balconies Caves lie along the the West Fork of Chalone Creek drainage. They can be accessed via Balconies Trail on the right side of the fork that occurs within the first mile of the trail. The caves are approximately .7 miles from the Chaparral Ranger Station. They can be explored without a guide, but flashlights are required. Visitors should beware of low ceilings, drops and slippery rocks within the caves.

Directions from Chaparral Ranger Station: Follow the Balconies Trail northeastward from the trailhead. A fork in the trail occurs at .6 miles. Take the right side of the fork to reach the caves.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Caving Balconies Caves
Yes
ICON Geology Balconies Caves
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Balconies Caves
Yes



Related Activities
Balconies Trail - Balconies Trail leads in a 2.4 mile loop through many different volcanic formations, including two caves.

Old Pinnacles Trail - This easy to follow trail follows the drainage of the West Fork of the Chalone Creek east to west through the monument.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Pinnacles National Monument, 5000 Hwy. 146 , Paicines, CA, 95043, Phone: 408-389-4485, Fax: 831-389-4489

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