Juniper Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,138' 347 m
Descent: -56' -17 m
High: 2,468' 752 m
Low: 1,386' 422 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A winding, steep trail through Juniper Canyon with views of many pinnacles.”— QuinTCM TCM
This trail heads south towards the high peaks region of the park and is the only means of accessing the high peaks from the west side. The trail begins by gradually ascending up Juniper Canyon, which is filled with chaparral and several species of trees. Rock formations like Crumbling Castle, Goat Rock, and Resurrection Wall are easily seen from this part of the trail. Below Resurrection Wall, however, the trail enters a series of steep switchbacks. Rock formations like Palisade Pinnacle, Monument, and Tombstone can all be seen along this part of the trail. Nearing the top of this first section of switchbacks, the trail junctions with the Tunnel Trail heading north.
Passing the Tunnel Trail, the Juniper Canyon Trail continues south passed Chaos Crag through some more switchbacks before straightening out. Continue ascending passed rock formations like Trafalgar Tower, Pyramid Pinnacle, and The Cone. Near the end of the trail, enter another series of switchbacks before topping out at the junction with the High Peaks Trail. A small bathroom is located at the top. Scout Peak (2605ft, 794m) can be accessed from this location.
Wild flowers 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