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Moses Springs Trail

Pinnacles National Park

Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, California

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  • Welcome to the Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Sign showing the various Rock Climbing Areas in Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
  • A narrow path on the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Entering Bear Gulch Talus Cave on the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • A view from Bear Gulch Talus Cave.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Inside Bear Gulch Talus Cave.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Inside Bear Gulch Talus Cave.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Hiking Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Moses Springs Trail
  • Iconic pinnacles on the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Iconic pinnacles on the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Bear Gulch Reservoir.- Moses Springs Trail
  • A climb to the top in Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
  • A fantastic view over Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Interesting formations on the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • A face in stone along the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Lichens on the pinnacles on the Moses Spring Trail.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Lonely tree in Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) in Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
  • Brewer's blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus).- Moses Springs Trail
  • Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis).- Moses Springs Trail
  • Ground squirrel in Pinnacles National Park.- Moses Springs Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Abundant wildlife. Variety of plants. Reasonable driving distance. Great Views.
Cons: 
Dirty bathrooms.
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Region:
Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,224.00 ft (373.08 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,112.00 ft (338.94 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located directly on the San Andreas fault line, Pinnacles National Park was once part of a volcano that has been ripped in half and moved 150 miles from it's original location. In 2013 President Barack Obama converted Pinnacles National Monument into a National Park, making it the country's newest addition to our National Park system.

Moses Springs Trail is an easy to moderate hike that starts near the Pinnacles Nature Center. The hike leads through a shady picnic day use area and on to the trail. The hiking trails are well defined with some moderate inclines. About halfway through the hike the trail leads through Bear Gulch Cave, one of two Talus Caves located in the park. Upon entering the cave the temperature drops by as much as 20 degrees, which is a welcome relief from the hot and arid climate above. You'll reach Bear Gulch Reservoir after you leave the cave, and you will have the option to take a much longer trail that encircles the park or one that continues onto Rim Trail and loops back via the Moses Spring Trail.

Rim Trail has a few nice viewpoints that capture some of the iconic pinnacles for which this park was named. There are many signs denoting where the various rock climbing area are. With an abundance of wildlife and over 100 species of flora and fauna, you will find yourself stopping frequently to appreciate the nature around you. The tall peaks of the Pinnacles are ideal for rock climbing, and they are also a preferred release site for the endangered California Condor.

There are two different entrances to this park that do not connect to each other. Camping and day use picnicking are available. A parking lot, restrooms, and swimming pool are located at the visitor center and convenience store, and you will also find a shuttle that will take you the different trailheads. Check out the Nature Center for informational kiosks as well as talks on the history and geology of the area.

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