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Condor Gulch Trail To Overlook

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Pinnacles National Park

Condor Gulch Trail To Overlook is a 1.8 mile out and back trail located near Paicines, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

views

no dogs

Bear Gulch Cave will be closed through July 15th in order to protect a maternity colony of Townsend's big-eared bats. Balconies Cave remains open.

hiking
1 day ago

A fun and quick hike. Recommend a hat sunscreen and plenty of water. Enjoy!

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

Beautiful trail. As you get higher the views are more breathtaking along the Condor Gulch and High Peaks trails. My favorite part was climbing up and down the narrow stairs at high peaks and the views of Balconies. If you are bird watching, read up to be able to distinguish between condors and vultures. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we had to hike from the visitor center which added an additional ( and ridiculous) 6 miles.

Happy Trail day!

no shade
1 month ago

strenuous steady incline with little to no shade rewarded with views of the pinnacles and condors flying overhead

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is amazing as is all the others

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, beautiful views and got to see CA condors flying and nesting. But it’s easy to miss the turn back down to the bear gulch parking. Just remember to turn at the bathrooms at Scout Peak. I made a wrong turn and went downhill a mile before realizing it. Tt a ranger afterwards and he said tons of people make the same mistake.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and relatively easy but still a nice workout. No bugs and cool on this nice New Year’s Day.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect day for hiking, would not want to do this in the summertime due to the heat and relative lack of shade. Views on the way up are almost better than the overlook, because you see the pinnacles, rather than the hills/valleys at the top. Arrived around 10:30am on Sunday, parking lots were already full and shuttle lines from the visitor's center were at least 30-50 people deep--recommend arriving early or preparing to walk from the visitor's center or wait awhile. No phone service inside the park at all.

Nice trail, good workout, beautiful geology. Fair amount of shade. Very steep and narrow in parts as the park broucher says, but safe. Would be a very tough hike in the heat of summer.

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no shade
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Bring plenty of water on a hot summer day. Great views once you reach the peak. We saw so many condors flying around as well

We actually hiked Condor Gulch to High Peaks and back via Bear Gulch. The Condor Gulch section and outlook were nice, steady uphill with a well groomed tail. In terms of the whole park, I was not especially impressed with the views from here. The high peaks section is truly breathtaking. They are not kidding about the steep and narrow warning, but it doesn’t last long and is totally worth it if you are up for it. It was a 5.3 mile trail and we took it at an easy pace and did it in 4 hours. If we had pushed it and made a shorter break for lunch we could have done it in 3, but where’s the joy in that!

hiking
no shade
Tue Apr 30 2019

I recommend starting early because it gets really hot with no shade. The climb is not bad. But the heat really drained us. We’re not beginner hikers. But not seasoned as well. It is only 1.7 mile. But with the heat and the climb the rating could be moderate to difficult. I expected more scenery in the overlook. Overall, love the scenery along the way. The condors flying (some low) made it really nice. The trail was not crowded. Parking could be an issue. Glad we got there early. But we did the Bear Gulch Cave first.

Great views. Very warm but beautiful

Such a fun bike with awesome views. Pleasantly surprised.

Started out at 9:30 am on a Sunday just as the parking lot was filling up. Hiked in a counter-clockwise path along several switchbacks until it leveled out towards the top where several condors were perched. Took a few steep steps carved out of the rock as we made our way over the peaks and continued along the trail and downhill. Second half of the trail was pretty easy, given that it was downhill and that it was about noon during March. Later in the season and it would have been pretty hot. Skipped the reservoir and caves and made our way back to the parking lot. Pleasantly surprised by this hike and would recommend it as a great first hike in Pinnacles. 3/31/19

hiking
Mon Mar 11 2019

Beautiful overlook- we finished in 45 minutes, but that was running on the way down. There were a bunch of cool spots to look out before you even get to the overlook.

hiking
Fri Mar 08 2019

Beautiful overlook views. Could continue on further but we chose to stop at the Overlook. Fairly steep but very doable. Bring plenty of water because even in the early Spring/late summer we were feelin the heat. Definitely worth the climb.

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scramble
Thu Feb 28 2019

hiking
Tue Oct 16 2018

Great trail! We continued past the overlook up to the end of the Condor Gulch Trail (1.7 miles total one way). The entire trail had amazing views.

hiking
Fri May 25 2018

This hike was difficult, it reminded me of mission peak. Hardly had any shade. The over look was not all that.

hiking
Mon May 08 2017

The hike was a bit more difficult than I thought. It felt quite long (probably because of the heat) and most of this side, the plants were a bit dead. So much bugs too! But once you get to the overlook I would say its worth it for those who just wants a small work out and a little accomplishment. I only passed through this because I was doing a roundtrip overall the High Peak trail. Great place to have a lunch.

hiking
Sun Apr 16 2017

I challenge the rating of "moderate". This is flat out strenuous. If you are starting at the trail head (bear Gulch parking lot) and headed to the outlook it is all up hill. There is no shade. The path gets kind of narrow and it is steep! I saw many people having to stop and rest constantly with their little kids. This is not a good trail for small children. Older kids and teens will find it challenging as well. But the lookout is rather cool. You can look down at the valley and if you turn around you can see the top peaks where the California condors are flying in the sky consistently. Do this hike in the earlier morning to beat the heat.

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5 days ago

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