Balconies Cave hike Pinnacles National Park Balconies Trail Loop
Pinnacles National Park preserves some of California's oddest landscapes with out-of-place rock spires and boulder-filled gorges with talus caves just waiting to be explored. Grab your headlamp and head to the west side of Pinnacles National Park for a trek into Balconies Cave. This fun 2-mile out and back hike or 2.4-mile lollipop loop hike crosses a playground of... Read more.
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Distance: 2 miles – Elevation change: 200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 5, 2015
High Peak - Balconies Cave Loop hike Pinnacles National Park High Peaks Trail Juniper Canyon Balconies Cave Trail Old Pinnacles Trail
Pinnacles National Park is a spectacular place to hike. There is a High Peaks area covered in rock spires and equally impressive boulder-filled gorges with talus caves to explore. See both the High Peaks and Balconies Cave on a great 9-mile loop through diverse Pinnacles landscapes. Starting in the east, this clockwise loop ascends 1,575 feet to a thrilling crossing of... Read more.
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Distance: 9 miles – Elevation change: 1575 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 14, 2015
Cave of Munits hike Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve Castle Peak El Escorpion Park Simi Hills El Escorpion Trail West Hills California
Are you looking for a hike that's an action-packed adventure? Rarely does a 2.1-mile loop offer as much excitement as this hike to the Cave of Munits and Castle Peak. You'll start with a gradual warm up across El Escorpion Park to Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve, where you'll find a fun vertical cave just begging to be explored. You won't need any ropes or gear... Read more.
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Crystal Cove State Park hike Geology Discovery Trail Backcountry Loop Moro Canyon Road Rattlesnake Trail No Name Ridge Trail El Moro back country trail
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County's finest places to enjoy the outdoors. The park preserves 3.2 miles of coastline between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness (bordering Laguna Coast Wilderness Park). An excellent way to explore the coastal canyons and ridges in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park is to set out... Read more.
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Vanalden Cave Hike hike Vanalden Trail vista point Santa Monica Mountains Vanalden Vista
Vanalden Cave near Tarzana is one of the most unusual sandstone formations in the Santa Monica Mountains and is quite easy to hike to. Vanalden Cave is a sandstone den about 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide, and 50 feet deep. The roof of the cave is only a few feet thick with a few holes that, like skylights, illuminate the cave walls, which are covered with curious carvings... Read more.
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Distance: 0.6 miles – Elevation change: 100 to 350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 10, 2015
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park Santa Barbara California Los Padres National Forest Painted Cave Road
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park preserves centuries old Native American artwork that graces the wall of a sandstone cave in the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. Chumash Painted Cave can be reached by walking a couple hundred feet up a trail on Painted Cave Road. The trailhead is just two miles from California Route 154, making it a quick, convenient,... Read more.
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Caves Trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, A hike above and below the surface of a lava flow exploring Indian Tunnel, Dewdrop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave - lava tube, lava cave, lava tunnel hiking
One of the coolest things to do anywhere there are lava flows is hike through lava tubes. This makes Caves Trail the most exciting hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument. The 1.6-mile hike visits four lava tubes, that each provide a unique experience. A sign at the trailhead explains:The Craters of the Moon landscape is more than just surface volcanic features.... Read more.
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Distance: 1.6 miles – Elevation change: 75 feet
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Ape Caves Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Ape Tube
Ape Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world, measuring approximately 2.5 miles in length. Hikers may travel unguided through the lava tube. After minimal preparations, Ape Cave deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure. If you ever wanted to go on a long hike in a dark tunnel, Ape Cave is the place. From the cave's main entrance, visitors can head down to the lower... Read more.
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Distance: 3.75 miles – Elevation change: 400 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 14, 2015
Wind Caves Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
On the far east side of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, there is a short hike to a fascinating destination overlooking the Carrizo Badlands. This 1.25-mile round trip hike climbs 250 feet to a sandstone formation with wind-eroded pockets that insist on being explored.The hike begins with a quick ascent up the east side of Split Mountain Wash. Climb a series of rocky... Read more.
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Bear Gulch Reservoir - Cave Trail - Moses Spring - Bear Gulch hike Pinnacles National Monument trail Pinnacles National Park
The short interesting hike to Bear Gulch Reservoir ascends a beautiful boulder-filled gorge on the east side of Pinnacles National Park (known as Pinnacles National Monument prior to 2013). A split in the trail offers two parallel routes to reach the reservoir. Bear Gulch Cave Trail climbs through a talus cave, while Moses Spring Trail takes a scenic but less daring... Read more.
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Distance: 1.5 miles – Elevation change: 275 feet
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