Juniper Canyon Trail to High Peaks

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Juniper Canyon Trail to High Peaks is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paicines, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Beautifully shaded by the surrounding trees and chaparral for most of the hike but it can get very hot very quick. It begins fairly easy and quickly gains difficulty as you gain elevation. You will need plenty of water and watch out blackberry bushes and Mountain Misery which are both abundant.

19 days ago

Pack water. Start early. Take your time going back down. Great picnic spots at the higher elevations. You’ll know when you get there. We had a phallic rock spotting contest. It was a hoot. Legs are tired.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome! This section is part of our 12.5 loop trail with spectacular views of valleys and meadows. Moderate hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Took us about 3 hours with generous breaks in between. Steep and narrow trail had rocky stairs that were cool to climb. Saw plentiful amount of California condors and turkey vultures!

4 months ago

A little more strenuous than anticipated. Great way to see California Condors!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with beautiful vistas. Up close to two Condors (236 & 340) warming themselves in the early morning sun; 15 feet off the trail.

Get there early to get parking and on the trail before it gets busy.

Saw a BIG Bobcat just off the road as we left the Chaparral Parking area. Great day.

Lots of other trails to explore next time.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Steady incline from the start with a great reward at peak: Stairway to heaven of sorts

trail running
Saturday, April 29, 2017

This was my first time here and ran as much as I could but the panoramic views wouldn't let me. beautiful place.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

BABY PACK WARNING: if you have a baby pack, check that your child is secure at all angles. There is a 50 foot section along a cliff with low overhead rocks that you will probably have to crawl if you're wearing a baby pack. That's not the section where you want to wonder if your pack is secure at a 45 degree angle forward and a 20 degree angle left.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend can be busy but still worth it.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

It was an awesome trail. I did the downhill coming from High Peaks into Chaparral as part of a 10 mile loop around the park. I went in March and the smell of the Buckwheat fills the air. Awesome.

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

there is no wrong time to hike this trail. Beautiful. but make sure you bring enough water.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2011

Fantastic! The views on this section alone are spectacular! I went during a storm and it was still gorgeous. It seems like around every turn the scenery gets even better. Being in the canyon also helped shelter us from the 40 mph winds!

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