Visitor Center to Peaks View Day Use Area

Soledad, California 93960

Visitor Center to Peaks View Day Use Area

Visitor Center to Peaks View Day Use Area Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Soledad
Nearby City
3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,063 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,063 feet
Top Elevation
USGS North Chalone Peak; Pinnacles National Park map; Tom Harrison map of Pinnacles National Park
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018