"Condor Gulch, in the heart of Pinnacles National Monument, is home to the endangered California condors. The rocky canyon on the south slope of the High Peaks is a nesting and roosting site for the scavenger bird. Part way up the canyon is the Condor Gulch Overlook, offering a unique opportunity to spot the con- dors soaring on warm updrafts. This large loop hike climbs up the Condor Gulch Trail from the Bear Gulch Nature Center to the overlook and the High Peaks Trail atop the mountain. En route, the scenic path passes through chaparral vegetation, live oak, and gray pine. Throughout the climb are breathtaking views of the massive red rock formations. From the ridge, the hike follows the High Peaks Trail east, cross- ing the grassy ridges high above the West Fork Chalone Canyon back down to the canyon floor. The return through Bear Gulch is a cool streamside stroll under the shade of oaks, sycamores, willows, cottonwoods, live oaks, and a beautiful display of ferns. The trail crosses the tumbling Bear Gulch Creek on a series of footbridges."