ElevationAscent: 104' 32 m
Descent: -75' -23 m
High: 1,043' 318 m
Low: 967' 295 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“An open trail with distant views of pinnacles that connects the campground to the rest of the park.”— QuinTCM TCM
Family Friendly This is a mild, flat trail. Peaks View includes some telescopes that kids may enjoy looking through.
Leaving Peaks View, continue northwest on the trail. Eventually, two small bridges will come into view. Continue on the trail by walking over the dry creek bed on these two bridges to a junction with the Bear Gulch Trail. The Bear Gulch Trail continues southwest while the Bench Trail again turns northwest towards the Old Pinnacles region of the park. Follow the trail northwest as it passes underneath the road and passed the junction for the High Peaks Trail. Crossing over a bridge, the trail ends where it meets Old Pinnacles 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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