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Moses Spring Trail

Beginning Elevation: 1,260 Feet (392.8 Meters) Bear Gulch Visitor Center
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters) to Bear Gulch Reservoir
Length, One-way: .9 Miles (1.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Fall
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

The Moses Spring Trail leads south from the visitor center following the same path as the High Peaks Trail through Bear Gulch. Approximately .4 miles south of the trailhead the path bears to the left. A short distance south of this fork in the trail are the Bear Gulch Caves. Moses Spring Trail leads through them or alternately around them. It ends at the Bear Gulch Reservoir .9 miles south of the visitor center.

Directions from East Entrance Station: Follow the park road westward into the park and bear left at the fork leading toward the Bear Gulch Visitor Center. You can park at the visitor center or continue driving southward to the next parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Caving Moses Spring Trail
ICON Geology Moses Spring Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Moses Spring Trail
ICON Plant Identification Moses Spring Trail
ICON Bird Identification Moses Spring Trail
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Bear Gulch Visitor Center

Related Activities
Bear Gulch Caves - The Bear Gulch Caves lie in the eastern portion of the park .5 miles south of the visitor center. They are open for unguided exploration.

Bear Gulch Visitor Center - The Bear Gulch Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin your visit to Pinnacles National Monument. Exhibits and a bookstore provide a plethora of information about the region and activities available.

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