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Condor Gulch Trail

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 4.3 (7)

A fairly steep trail leading to views of Condor Gulch and the High Peaks area of Pinnacles NP.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

70%

Runnable

2,324' 708 m

High

1,279' 390 m

Low

1,045' 319 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

Check for raptor closures before attempting any off-trail running or climbing.

Description

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.

Flora & Fauna

Pinnacles is currently one of five release sites for California Condors. The park hosts more than thirty of these scavengers. These birds are best seen in the higher regions of the park and can also often be seen on a hill behind the campsites. Pinnacles is also home to many species of raptors and other birds and is an excellent area for birding.

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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  4.3 from 7 votes

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Photos

Pinnacles surrounding Condor Gulch Overlook.
Oct 14, 2017 near Soledad, CA
Great views on the Condor Gulch Trail.
Jan 27, 2016 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles and Condor Gulch trailline
May 20, 2015 near Soledad, CA
Looking back on Condor Gulch Trail after a steep ascent.
Oct 14, 2017 near Soledad, CA
Volcanic rocks surrounding Bear Gulch Visitor Center.
Oct 14, 2017 near Soledad, CA
Pinnacles National Park!
Jun 5, 2016 near Soledad, CA

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