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High Peaks

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Length

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


Elevation

1,444' 440 m

Ascent

-1,447' -441 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

2,557' 779 m

High

1,281' 390 m

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Hike to rocky peaks and see a California Condor.

Steve Jackson

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This is a nice hike up to the peaks area with beautiful views and a chance to see the California Condor.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Family Friendly: Kids will love the ability to scramble on boulders and through the tight-squeezes between them.
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Bring plenty of water. It can be very hot and dry.

Description [Suggest Changes]

This hike goes to the high peaks area and to the namesake of the park, the pinnacles. At the top is a narrow and steep part of the trail. My grandson loved this part. On our hike we were able to see a few California Condors, some perched on the rocks and very close to the trail. Makes sure to look in all directions while hiking. That's how we saw one that would have been missed had we kept looking forward.

The trailhead is accessed from the Bear Gulch Day Use Area across the parking lot from the nature center. A sign marks the beginning of the trail. The trail is open and airy and continually ascends along the edge of Condor Gulch to the west. Follow the well marked path and look for rock formations like The Hippopotamus, Nebulous Knob, Popcorn Pinnacle, and The Three Birds. About half-way along the trail there is an overlook protected by some metal railings. This is a good place to soak in some views of Condor Gulch and perhaps catch a glimpse of some condors. The rock wall to the west of the overlook is called Dutch Goose Wall. Continuing east, the trail ascends before turning north passed Casino Rock, Doodlin' Dody, The Peanuts, The Toes, Dionysian Tower, and Jamcrack Rock. The trail ends where it meets the High Peaks Trail.

Take a left onto the High Peaks Trail - this trail moves past chaparral-covered hillsides and lichen covered rock formations. Keep an eye open for the many obvious rock formations such as the Carousel and the Anvil. The most recognizable of the pinnacles to the northeast are Pipsqueak Pinnacle and The Snout. In the gulch to the southwest, look for a pinnacle called The Unmentionable, named thus for obvious reasons. The views along this trail feature many varied and interesting pinnacles.

Eventually, you'll loop back to Bear Gulch Trail. This trail gradually descends back to the Bear Gulch parking lot. While not quite as spectacular as the High Peaks Trail, there are still several interesting rock formations along the way.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Condors and turkey vultures.

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May 28, 2018
Brooke Tonks
Moderate hike, mostly in the sun. 5.5mi
Apr 29, 2018
Traci Stack
Apr 14, 2018
Stephy Yu
Mar 12, 2018
Kevin Luu
5.1mi
Feb 24, 2018
Claire Hiles
Feb 19, 2018
Jodi K
Feb 17, 2018
Maxwell Gover
Feb 15, 2018
Bill Hodges
High Ridge trail. Great views! Condors. Fun scramble through rocks on top. 5.1mi — 5h 00m

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  4.6 from 21 votes

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