Condor Gulch Trail
The Condor Gulch Trail runs from the Bear Gulch Visitor Center to the High Peaks Trail about 1.7 miles away. This is a relatively steep trail that takes you right up to the High Peaks. Along the way is the park's only official overlook...which is kind of comical as Pinnacles is full of great views from everywhere. This little overlook offers a modest view of the Condor Gulch...disappointing. Heading up Condor Gulch, I did see my first California Condor circling the High Peaks.
From the end of the Condor Gulch Trail to the Tunnel Trail on High Peaks is .5 miles.
Bear Gulch Reservoir
After I had lunch on the peak, I continued down the High Peaks trail to the southeast. After about 1.5 miles, I turned off to the Rim Trail which takes you to the Bear Gulch Reservoir.
This area has a stone dam holding back a small body of water. A sign here tells the story of the California red-legged frog, which lived in this reservoir until some exotic sunfish moved in and ate them. Biologists used electro-shocking to eliminate some 3,500 sunfish and the frogs were reintroduced. Touching story. Poor sunfish.