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Quick Facts

Juniper Canyon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 1,401 Feet (436.7 Meters) Chaparral Ranger Station
Difficulty: Moderate Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 1,509 Feet (470.4 Meters) approximately
Length, One-way: 1.2 Miles (2.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Fall
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The Juniper Canyon Trail leads southward from the Chaparral Ranger Station. The trail follows a small drainage, that dumps into the West Fork of Chalone Creek, to it's head. Upon leaving the stream the trail begins a series of switchbacks. At the end of the switchbacks the trail terminates at Tunnel Trail. The length of this trail is 1.2 miles one-way. It is considered strenuous by the monument staff.

Directions from Soledad: Follow Highway 146 12 miles to the Chaparral Ranger Station. The trail begins from the southern end of the parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Juniper Canyon Trail
ICON Plant Identification Juniper Canyon Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Juniper Canyon Trail - spring
ICON Viewing Scenery Juniper Canyon Trail

Related Activities
High Peaks Trail - This strenuously steep trail leads 5.3 miles through the central terrain of Pinnacles National Monument.

Tunnel Trail - Tunnel trail leads along the western flank of the High Peaks. It is considered moderately strenuous and provides excellent views of the surrounding terrain.

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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