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SageHawkCondor Roost  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2009


Have climbed this one many times, usually by the standard route from Bear Gulch. Be sure to do the High Peaks trail while you are in the area. That's where the best scenery is in this park.
Posted Sep 2, 2009 8:32 pm

fedakTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2008


Annual new years trip to Pinnacles.
Continued on to South Chalone
Posted Jan 13, 2009 4:02 pm

WickedRuggedSummited in Fog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2008


My plan was to do North and South Chalone, but the weather didn't cooperate. Anticipating the weather report of 70 and sunny, I wasn't quite prepared for 45 and windy with light mist at times. Views weren't too bad, but I expect on a clear day they are spectacular. Bailed on South Chalone this time, maybe I'll try again when its warmer. Decent workout, 3 hours up and down including time at the top and taking a ton of pictures on the way down.
Posted Mar 30, 2008 9:30 pm

mlarkin2002Up and Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2008
Up and down through the bear gulch cave. Windy day, so all the smog and haze were blown away; good views. Passed on S Chalone this time.
Posted Mar 2, 2008 11:31 pm

vancouver islanderUp, down and along  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2007

vancouver islander

Up via the Rim Trail from the east side (Bear Gulch) in 1h 40m. Snooze/lunch on top. Down to the High Peaks junction, up, along the High Peaks Trail and down Condor Gulch to the car.

Good workout, excellent views and perfect (not too hot) weather. Just under 6 hours car to car.

My 6th or 7th visit to the Pinnacles. Enjoy it more every time.
Posted May 9, 2007 8:42 pm

WallylongridgeEastside, The Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2006


its hard to believe this place started in Santa Barbara.
Posted Jan 31, 2007 10:40 pm

lakenyonTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2005
Went up.
Posted May 14, 2006 9:55 pm

Fredd C DobbsRoute Climbed: Chalone Peak Trail
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2006

Fredd C Dobbs

Finally, a day without rain! Took advantage of the break in the weather to climb North Chalone Peak. Despite the recent heavy rains the trail was in great condition with no mud. There was a small portion of the trail which was flooded at the resevoir, but it was easily by passed. Nice time of year for this hike- everything is green!
Posted Apr 7, 2006 3:54 am

McCannsterNice day in the Pinnacles  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006


A nice hike we did from Pinnacles, did some bouldering and scrambling on the way up. Great views from the summit.
Posted Apr 2, 2006 11:52 pm

jakefrisbeeFrom Bear Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2006


Nice hike, well graded. Leave all the people at the Reservoir behind and go to North Chalone! We met a guy in the Bear Gulch parking lot who was going on a 30 mile trail run: up and over High Peaks, down to the West side, north wilderness trail, back to Bear Gulch, then out to North Chalone (which he called the "gut check" part) then back down with another loop through the High Peaks(?)! Anyways, he said he loves running there. It's humbling to meet people like that.
Posted Mar 21, 2006 2:45 pm

daveheadRoute Climbed: Chaparral Date Climbed: 6/16/05  Sucess!
Decided I didn't want to drive all the way around to Bear Gulch and needed to get in a good hike, so I started from Chaparral on the West side. Started kinda late, 11:20am, and it was a little warm being June but some cloud cover helped about half way up to the summit. This is probably the toughest route as you have to climb over 1000 ft to reach the High Peaks Trail, then descend almost 900 ft back down to Bear Gulch Reservoir before climbing about 1750 ft to the summit. It really gets tough having to climb again after the inital 1750 descent to Bear Gulch Reservoir on the way back.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 2:21 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: There's a choice? Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Pleasant morning hike through Bear Gulch Caves up to the peak, and back through the High Peaks.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 12:57 am

HackRoute Climbed: North Chalone Trail Date Climbed: 1994  Sucess!
Climbed this peak several times when I was younger, climbed with the family during summer trips to the pinnacles
Posted Jul 23, 2004 3:53 am

blmcclainRoute Climbed: North Chalone Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 11th, 2004  Sucess!


Ok, not the most intelligent thing to do. I started out at the Bear Gulch parking lot at 11 am in the middle of July. I finished at 5 pm. Yes, right in the middle of the heat and it was very hot! Luckly, I packed 7 liters of water and drank ~5! The trail is well marked and well maintained. There is no shade on the route whatsoever. I was able to make it to the peak in 1:45 min (~4.5 miles). I decided to try my luck and summit South Chalone as well. See my summit log there for details. Overall, the views were nice, but I would recommend this hike in the late fall or early spring. The air quality will be better and you won't experience the sizzling of your brain tissue.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 5:55 pm

adampaulRoute Climbed: The trail :) Date Climbed: 19 March, 2004  Sucess!


Lovely hike on an exceptionally clear day. Exuberant wildflowers and a (possible) condor sighting made the hike even better. Bring plenty of water if it's hot (which it was)! Hike report and pics are here
Posted Jun 21, 2004 3:30 am

MishaRoute Climbed: Regular Date Climbed: January 17, 2004  Sucess!


Very easy hike from the Eastern park entrance (Ranger Station). We only had a couple of hours to kill before the park closure and decided to check this hike out. Views from the top were nice on this very clear and warm winter day. What a great introduction to this wonderful park! (this was our first time there)
Posted Jan 19, 2004 7:43 pm

fedakRoute Climbed: Chalone Peak Trail Date Climbed: 03-Jan-2004  Sucess!


Cold morning scramble from the reservior. Very clear day. Continued on to South Chalone Peak, though I'm not sure this bit was worth the extra effort.
Pics: here
Posted Jan 15, 2004 1:29 am

brianhughesRoute Climbed: Direct route from Bear Gulch Visitor Center Date Climbed: January 10, 2004  Sucess!


See my Trip Report for more details.
Posted Jan 11, 2004 11:30 pm

rgreeneRoute Climbed: Chalone Peak Trail Date Climbed: 12 October 2003  Sucess!


Followed the butterfly plan from Bear Gulch Visitor Center via the Moses Spring Trail to the Reservoir and then down the Chalone Peak Trail. Lookout tower looked in good repair this time and was some good shade for lunch. After lunch, off to South Chalone...
Posted Oct 12, 2003 11:46 pm

keemaRoute Climbed: Direct from Bear Gulch Trail Head. Date Climbed: Dec. 22, 2002  Sucess!


After a week of storms and only one outing since the start of the school year, I had to get out. Decided to head to Pinnacles instead of the Sierras to avoid the crowds. What a good choice. Temp. in the upper 40s - lower 50s and only a few clouds in the sky by the time I reached the summit. Didn't see a soul except for the ranger at the entrance kiosk until I arrived back at the reservoir. The trail is very pleasant with ever changing views from the High Peaks of the Pinnacles to the north, San Benito Mountains to the west, to the Salinas Valley and Coast Range to the west. A great day!!!
Posted Dec 22, 2002 9:19 pm

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