Bear Gulch Trail
ElevationAscent: 418' 127 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,402' 427 m
Low: 984' 300 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A gently ascending, partially shaded trail leading to the Bear Gulch area.”— QuinTCM TCM
Family Friendly Get the whole family familiar with some of the best rock formations Pinnacles has on offer. The Nature Center is a must-see, as well.
Continuing on, follow the trail as it crosses a parking lot towards the Condor Gulch Trail and a small bridge. Don't take the bridge but turn southwest and cross a road leading to a small parking lot and some restrooms. Continue on the trail southwest over another bridge and through a shaded picnic area. At the end of the picnic area, cross another road leading to another small parking lot and set of restrooms. Behind the restrooms is a rock formation called The Ignorable Cliffs.
Crossing the road, the trail ascends passed a rock formation called The Tourist Trap before terminating at a junction with the High Peaks Trail and the Moses Spring Trail.
Wildflowers like Larkspur, California buckeye, Elegant clarkia, California buckwheat, Mariposa lily, Bush poppy, Gray mule-ears, Indian Warrior, California poppy and many others are abundant in spring.
Look for manzanita shrubs interspersed among patches of chaparral.
The park is also home to around 300 different species of lichens, which are easily visible on the many rock formations they color.
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Land Manager: NPS - Pinnacles National Park