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Chalone Peak Trail leads further in to the southern wilds of Pinnacles National Monument than any other maintained trail. The trail begins at the Bear Gulch Reservoir. It leads across the head of Little Pinnacles Canyon and around the Frog Canyon drainage. The maintained portion of the trail ends at North Chalone Peak, which rises to a height of 3,304 feet. From this point the trail is unmaintained and some map reading and compass using skills may be necessary. The trail continues 1.6 miles beyond North Chalone Peak to South Chalone Peak, which rises 3,269 feet. Hikers walking southward on this trail will be steadily climbing for 3.3 miles to North Chalone Peak. This trail is rated as strenuous by the Park Service.

Directions: From Rim Trail, Continue driving past the visitor center on the park road. Park in the southernmost parking area. Follow the High Peaks Trail southward from the parking lot. At the first fork in the trail continue along the High Peaks Trail, which leads to the right. Continue walking to the junction of the Rim Trail, which will lead southward, approximately .2 miles from the Moses Spring Trail.

Elevation: 1,760 feet

Ending Elevation: 3,304 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,544 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Pinnacles National Monument, California

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