ElevationAscent: 87' 27 m
Descent: -103' -31 m
High: 1,716' 523 m
Low: 1,613' 492 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“An airy trail connecting Bear Gulch Reservoir to the High Peaks Trail.”— QuinTCM TCM
Passing Tiburcio's X, continue along the trail passed the Monolith, a huge cuboid formation with another smaller cuboid formation on top of it that sits to the east of the trail. From here, the trail moves above Moses Spring Wall, The Back Door, and Discovery Wall. The trail also sits high above Bear Gulch Cave. Passing Teaching Rock/The Camel and the climber's access trail to the top of Discovery Wall, the trail eventually ends at the junction with the High Peaks 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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