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MTfred19Awesome Trail!

MTfred19

My cousin and I started at the Chaparral trailhead and went up Juniper Canyon. We hiked the loop up the Tunnel Trail and around the High Peaks Trail. This is quite simply an amazingly scenic and very interestingly engineered trail! Love those steep steps cut into the bare rock, and the iron pipe handrails also mounted directly into the rock. Very unique! And there's condors!
Posted Aug 2, 2014 12:28 am

phydeuxGreat & Unique Geological Gem  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2011

phydeux

Spent an entire day hiking the area. Started at the east side vistors center, up to Chalone Peak, back to the reservior, then up the High Peaks Trail through the weird & wonderful 'pinnacles' before returning to the car. Very unique landscape that's worth taking a day to explore. FWIW: The gates into the park from the campground (east side) don't open until 7AM. FWIW #2: The place is a 'zoo' of dayhikers on spring/fall weekends - go midweek if possible.
Posted Jun 8, 2012 10:30 pm

BaarbGood times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2010

Baarb

New Years Day hike circuit from Bear Gulch round the High Peaks trail and back, great weather and views, lots of interesting exploring to be done along side routes, though atmospheric caves and round tranquil lakes. Lots of other people had the same idea much to my surprise.
Posted Sep 24, 2011 6:40 pm

mooheadLots to do  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2011

moohead

Hiked Moses Spring, Bear Gulch Cave, Rim, High Peaks, and Condor Gulch Trails. Had fun exploring Bear Gulch Cave. Will be back to go climbing someday!
Posted Feb 13, 2011 1:28 am

justingFun climbing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2009

justing

Dec 5, 2009. My first three leads: Big Bad West (5.5), Corona (5.6), Walk The Plank (5.6)

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Nice day following Rob. Lots of familiar faces from Pacific Edge also on Discovery Wall. Quite a bit cooler than that hike I took on high peaks trail summer before last!
Posted Nov 18, 2009 11:03 pm

rhyangDiscovery Wall, Tourist Trap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2009

rhyang

Climbed with Justin on a warm autumn day.

I led Swallow Crack, Portent, Ordeal and Rat Race. Classic routes and good times !

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Date climbed: 3-December-2005
Route climbed: Machete Ridge Traverse (Old Original)

Climbed with Matthew Holliman.

The day was cool, and atop the ridge windy at times, but warm in the sun. Pretty much an all-day outing, since we spent some time bushwhacking looking for the start, and rapped seven times. Most of these were with a single 10.5mm x 50m rope, but I carried an 8.5mm x 50m in case we wanted to double-rope rappel. Turns out the second rope was the ticket on the last rap, and if we had broken it out sooner we could have avoided two of the raps.

Not a whole lot of technical climbing (probably a good thing, because I was quite leery of the rock quality), but a fun adventure nonetheless. The morning and evening were cold (hard frost on everything).

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Route Climbed: Discovery Wall, Tiburcio's X
Date Climbed: 29-April-2005

Another great day climbing with John. Followed several routes including Cleft (5.6) -- still moist in the shady interior; interesting stemming / chimneying.

Stupendous Man (5.10a) was a lot of fun, though had to aid on rope to get over mantel move.

Coyote Ugly (5.9) - good bit of high-stepping required above the X.

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Route Climbed: Discovery Wall
Date Climbed: 15-April-2005

Climbed with John. Fantastic day. Followed
Swallow Crack (5.6), Ordeal (5.8), Wet Kiss (5.9), Portent (5.6).
Posted Nov 15, 2009 10:09 pm

TripoliRickWest Coast Motorcycle Adventure

TripoliRick

After getting out of the Air Force I took a month (?) long west coast trip doing many hikes and climbs. I had heard about this place and stopped by for a day and did a few climbs on the way up to Klamath.
Posted Jul 2, 2008 7:45 pm

lcarreauGreat place amid the fault zone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 1996

lcarreau

I remember the parking lots filling early with rock
climbers. I saw a lot of huge condors, and itty-bitty
frogs hopping around on the upper reaches of the
Condor Trail. Yes, I think I did glimpse a wild pig
just east of the park. The "Tunnel" is pretty crazy!!!
Posted Dec 18, 2007 9:16 pm

McCannsterNice range  Sucess!

McCannster

Been to Pinnacles Ntl Monument many times since I was little.
Posted Dec 12, 2007 9:02 pm

lisaeMany Visits  Sucess!

lisae

I've lived in Santa Cruz, Ca for 23 years, so have visited the Pinnacles many times, to hike and to climb. My plans for the near future include checking out the Neglected Valley and the Deserted Valley.
Posted Dec 7, 2006 2:40 am

tarolBeautiful Place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2003

tarol

Hiked the following trails over a 3 day weekend: Bear Gulch, Condor Gulch, Moses Spring, Rim, Chalone Creek, Juniper Canyon, Tunnel, & High Peaks
Posted Dec 6, 2006 10:32 pm

Fredd C DobbsRoute Climbed: Condor Gluch-High Peaks-Bear Gulch Trails  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2006

Fredd C Dobbs

Fine spring day for a hike through some interesting geology. In the middle of the week there were very few people about. Will return ASAP to tag North Chalone Peak!
Posted Mar 24, 2006 3:45 am

plumeRoute Climbed: Various sundry routes Date Climbed: 1997-present  Sucess!

plume

Too many to mention or remember, but mostly on the east side. Most enjoyable climbing is found down low, while most scenic climbing is fouind in the peaks. The question becomes, at least from the Santa Cruz area, should you just push on to Yosemite, Tollhouse, or Castle Rock for that matter, for entirely sweeter climbing or play around on the Pinnacle choss. Nevertheless, it's always a fun, sporty outing.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 3:00 pm

hundyRoute Climbed: Trails Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!

hundy

I am new to the group. I have been to the Pinnacles many times in the mid 90's. I have been in every cave, hiked all the trails and been as high as you can go without free climbing. On a side note I used to be a firefighter in Monterey county. In the early 90's there was a brush fire there. I drove a Airport crash truck to the Pinnacles, not to protect the firefighting aircraft. I was used to wash the firefighting retardant off some of the rock with the high power turret nozzle.
Posted Jan 1, 2006 4:51 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Machete Ridge traverse Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Great, varied day out! Easy but enjoyable climbing on unusual rock, some fun rappels, and a cool descent into the fascinating Balconies Caves. Highly recommended.
Posted Dec 20, 2005 11:21 am

riceRoute Climbed: high peaks trail Date Climbed: november 12, 2005  Sucess!

rice

super nice day. started in afternoon to catch sunset. spoted 7 california condors on top of hawkins. very large birds. fantastic evening colors. great time of year to visit
Posted Nov 16, 2005 6:46 pm

NewDayRisingRoute Climbed: trails Date Climbed: several times  Sucess!

NewDayRising

fun hike and close to the bay area.
Posted Oct 21, 2005 3:50 am

Richard McJaggerRoute Climbed: High Peaks Loop Date Climbed: Spring Break - 2005  Sucess!
Nice sunny day. Brought the Boy Scouts with us: Charlie, Ben, Colin, Nico, Joe, Felix, Craig, Bob.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 8:43 pm

QuailBSRoute Climbed: From Chaparral Trailhead Date Climbed: July 27th 2005
Turned out to be an extremely hot day. "Yesterdays high: 102 F". Dayhiked from chaparral TH to Balconies caves, down W fork Chalone Creek to cholone TH and back to Chaparral. Climbed up some large rocks and boulders for fun. I will totaly have to return here some day for some more hiking and climbing. Chalone peak is also looking like a nice winter dayhike. Get an early start. The parks opening time at 7:30 is almost still too late to beat the summer heat on long hikes.
Posted Jul 27, 2005 5:42 pm

SeanReedyRoute Climbed: High Peaks Loop via Bear Gulch Caves and Returning Condor Gulch Date Climbed: March 12, 2005

SeanReedy

I went twice in March of 2005 with my brother and law and our wives. The wives did the caves and then waited for us to return from the High Peaks Loop. The shuttle is worth taking when the upper parking lots are full during the peak season as we were passed by a few shuttles while hiking up to the Bear Gulch Visitor Center from the overflow parking area (a scenic 1-2 miles extra). Pinnacles is an exhilerating and scenic place to be on a nice Spring day with a variety of hikes and climbs to satisfy all ability levels. Bring sandals for the caves in the Spring as there is often running water/creekbed (ankle deep in one spot) through the talus caves.
Posted Jul 27, 2005 12:40 pm

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