High Peaks and Bear Gulch Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paicines, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until December.
Hike the whole length of the High Peaks Trail to find out why it's the most popular Pinnacles trail. High Peaks Trail is a rugged route through the remarkable rock features of Pinnacles National Monument, which was formed millions of years ago when the San Andreas Fault shattered a volcano. While many hike options at the Pinnacles include parts of High Peaks Trail, I'm particularly fond of this loop because it takes in the entire trail. Trails on this loop: Bear Gulch Trail, Bench Trail, High Peaks Trail. Main attractions are the jungle gym of stairs, steps and close quarters along the top of the trail, but the ascent to the top is well worth checking out too. Take the Bench Trail first and gradually climb upward with awesome vistas all the way up. If fortune smiles, you might catch sight of the rare California condors that soar above the park. Best time to go: Springtime adds wildflowers to the awesome scenery, making it a near perfect hike. Summer will be too hot and autumn may be too dry, but winter should be gorgeous if you give the trails a couple days to dry out after passing storm systems.