Elevation: 2,474 ft
GPS: 36.488, -121.199 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bruce Hildenbrand on Jun 9, 2020
Admins: andy patterson, Aron Quiter, Bruce Hildenbrand, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

This area contains all the climbs from the junction of the High Peaks Trail and the Juniper Canyon Trail on the south to the junction of the High Peaks Trail and the Tunnel Trail on the north.  This section of the High Peaks Trail features several sections of cut stone steps and metal guard rails to make the passage safer.

President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps(CCC) which strove to give depression-era people work built the steps and railings in the early 1930's.  If you look closely, you can barely make out the road which was built to get all the tools and materials up to the High Peaks over on the south side of the High Peaks near the Shaft and Punctuation Pinnacle.

If you are interested in California Condors it is recommended that you climb to the Condor Crags north summit and spend some time watching them fly and land on the south summit and pinnacles further south along the ridge.

Getting There

The area can be approached from the south via either the Juniper Canyon Trail on the west side(1.8mi) or the High Peaks Trail(2.0mi)on the east side.  It is about 100' less elevation gain from the west side.

One can also approach this area from the north.  From the parking lot on the west side take the Juniper Canyon Trail 1.2mi to the Tunnel Trail and from there 0.6mi to the High Peaks Trail.  From the east side, take the Condor Gulch Trail 1.7 mi to the junction with the High Peaks Trail and the Blue Oak Trail coming up on your right. Head left onto the High Peaks Trail and then walk 0.6mi to the junction with the Tunnel Trail.

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