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Catch a Sunrise in Pinnacles National Park via the High Peaks trail

Paicines, California

Details

Distance

6.7 miles

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Skyler Hardy

Hike up the High Peaks trail in Pinnacles National Park as the Sun is making its way around the world to meet us with a smile. Watch the Sun as it climbs the mountain range in the distance, and puts forth a gorgeous mosaic across the sky!

Camp overnight in Pinnacles Campground in Pinnacles National Park or arrive at the trailhead early.  It will be dark, so remember to bring a flashlight/headlamp.  Make sure to check the approximate time of the sunrise while planning the adventure.  Once in Pinnacles National Park drive to the Bear Gulch Parking lot.  While pulling in, the trailhead is to the left.

The trail sign will be marked Reservoir, Caves, and High Peaks.  Continue up the trail and follow junction signs for High Peaks.  This trip can be made shorter by coming down the Condor Gulch Trail.  Following this route leads down to the Bear Gulch Day Use Area and a short walk back to the Bear Gulch Parking Lot.  For a longer adventure continue on the High Peaks Trail all the way to the Bench Trail.  Now to the Bear Gulch Trail and back to the Trail head.

The longer option is 6.7 miles long.  While hiking High Peaks Trail and coming down the Condor Gulch Trail it is 5.3 miles long.  Hiking the complete distance of either option is up to the hiker.  Once a nice view point has been found, feel free to sit back, relax and take in the awe inspiring sunrise! 

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Features

Rock Climbing
Chillin
Photography
Running
Yoga
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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