Visitor Center to Peaks View Day Use Area

Soledad, California

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If you can get past this hike’s lackluster section along the campground road, you will be rewarded with two condorspotting telescopes on an ADA-accessible concrete pad within 250 feet of the trailhead. From the 0.5-mile mark to Peaks View Day Use Area, it’s a relaxing stroll along a creek and through pine woodland, ending with a postcard view of the High Peaks’ volcanic palisade. At the start, this may seem like an odd hike since it follows the paved campground road for the first 0.5 mile, but it should not be dismissed for several reasons. The parking is easy and ample behind the visitor center. It is one of the closest trailheads to the visitor center and therefore the quickest way to get moving after the drive. Since parts of it are ADA friendly and wheelchair accessible, you may get the best view of condors in flight without much exertion.
Best Easy Day Hikes Pinnacles National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes Pinnacles National Park

by Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally (Falcon Guides)

If you can get past this hike’s lackluster section along the campground road, you will be rewarded with two condorspotting telescopes on an ADA-accessible concrete pad within 250 feet of the trailhead. From the 0.5-mile mark to Peaks View Day Use Area, it’s a relaxing stroll along a creek and through pine woodland, ending with a postcard view of the High Peaks’ volcanic palisade.

At the start, this may seem like an odd hike since it follows
the paved campground road for the first 0.5 mile, but it should not be dismissed for several reasons. The parking is easy and ample behind the visitor center. It is one of the closest trailheads to the visitor center and therefore the quickest way to get moving after the drive. Since parts of it are ADA friendly and wheelchair accessible, you may get the best view of condors in flight without much exertion.

© 2016 Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soledad
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,063 feet
Top Elevation: 1,063 feet
Local Maps: USGS North Chalone Peak; Pinnacles National Park map; Tom Harrison map of Pinnacles National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Visitor Center to Peaks View Day Use Area

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