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Hiking & Walking: California > Pinnacles National Monument

Quick Facts

Bear Gulch Caves

Difficulty: Moderate easy trail to reach caves. The caves require some agility
Elevation: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters) approximately
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

Two caves lie along Bear Gulch less than a mile south of Bear Gulch Visitor Center. Not surprisingly, they are titled Bear Gulch Caves. These caves can be accessed via Moses Spring Trail in the eastern district of the monument. 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 Bear Gulch Visitor Center: Follow Moses Spring Trail southward .6 miles to the caves.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .



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



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

Moses Spring Trail - This trail leads south from the Bear Gulch Visitor Center, through two talus caves and ends at the Bear Gulch Reservoir.



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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