The Bear Gulch Caves are no longer open to the public.
Cyberhikes invites you to step back in time and take our virtual tour of the caves as they existed on December 20, 1996. The cave tour contains previously unseen photographs.
Hikers and limited access to horses(call the park for permission). No mountain bikes or dogs are allowed. No wheelchair facilities.
Subjective Trail Rating for Beauty and Difficulty:
With the exception of the caves themselves, this trail is an easy walk along an excellent trail. The caves, on the other hand can be a bit more exciting. This is particularly true during winter and spring when the creek is running high. It should definitely not be taken by the claustrophobic. The scenic value is outstanding and I would enthusiastically endorse this hike.
Day-use permits are required and are good for one week. Contact the park for information on the fee charged. There is no backcountry camping allowed.
From Hollister, go south on Highway 25 for about 32 miles to Highway 146. Turn right at the sign indicating Pinnacles National Monument. Drive approximately 3.5 miles and turn left at the sign indicating the main entrance and visitor's center. If you arrive early enough, you can continue about a half mile farther to the parking lot at the start of the trail. If not, then you can park at the visitor center and use Moses trail to get to the trailhead.
A trail guide is free with your permit. For a USGS topographic map, ask for North Chalone Peak.
Who to contact:
Pinnacles National Monument, 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, CA 95043-9770: (tel) 831-389-4485.
Werner Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated November 15, 1999.
Copyright 1996 - 1999 by Werner W. Hager and Micromoms. All rights reserved.