What we're about

We're a group of 50+ folks who do shorter hikes, mostly in the South Bay on Saturday Mornings, 4-8 miles max and not too fast...for this group it's more about the camaraderie and journey than the destination, meet new friends who want to hike, and add on lunch after.

Disclaimer: I'm doing this because I like hiking and meeting such wonderful people. We're all grownups at this point and you're responsible for your health and safety. Hiking and changing weather and trail conditions can be dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release South Bay 50+ Social Hikers and especially me and any other organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear, water and a sense of humor.

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Pinnacles Bear Gulch (east entrance) w/Jardines De San Juan. Vaccinated Only

Bear Gulch Picnic Area

Condor Gulch Trail to High Peaks Trail Loop is a 6 mile, 1630' Elevation gain loop trail in the Pinnacles. If you like caves, condors, climbing ladders and tight fit rock formations, this hike is for you. Be aware, it is rated as hard, so please read the whole description. Bring a headlamp, or at least a flashlight as the cave is dark and you'll need to climb around a bit. A cell phone light will work too. There is a cave bypass for those who aren't comfortable with caves, but it is a very interesting experience if you have never done it. We will hike at a slower pace than usual on this hike, especially on the steep trails, ladders and stairs.

• Pinnacles National Park charges a $30 fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle
CARPOOLING, CARPOOLING, CARPOOLING is the only way to go.
1. This is a very popular park and parking can be limited.
2. It's $30. True it goes to a good cause but why not pool together.
3. Its a long drive, but with the jovial chatter of your fellow hikers, the miles will pass quickly.
4. There's that whole save the planet thing.
Arriving early is also advised.
Click the link below to sign up:
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/z23c9o

The Condor Gulch Trail to High Peaks Trail Loop is one of the best hikes in Pinnacles National Park. The trail head is located by the Bear Gulch Visitor Center and is best reached from the east entrance of the park.

The High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Monument threads its way through the wreckage of a volcano destroyed by the San Andreas Fault millions of years ago.

The Monument, about 100 miles south of San Jose, California, celebrates the strange assortment of rock formations created as the volcano gave way to greater forces of plate tectonics.

This loop from the eastern entrance of the Pinnacles provides the most direct route to the High Peaks, where a series of ladders and multiple tight squeezes take hikers through a geological maze that has made the Pinnacles a favorite among hikers from throughout California.

While the rocks and expansive vistas are the main attractions, you might get lucky and spot some of the rare California condors that nest in the park and soar high above.

Trails on this hike:
Condor Gulch Trail; High Peaks Trail; Bear Gulch Trail.

Starting from the Bear Gulch parking area, you can go either way. Condor Gulch Trail is a bit steeper, so we will want to start out there to get the climbing and complaining done on fresh legs and spare our knees on the way down. The trail passes by Bear Gulch Reservoir and the Bear Gulch Caves.

There are steep and narrow sections of the trail that require some technical footing. If you suffer from vertigo or severe fear of heights, you may be challenged. That said, there are guardrails to hold onto on those steep sections (see pictures) and they are routinely and safely navigated by hikers of all ages.
Caves in the area tend to close seasonally due to weather conditions and the presence of wildlife. To view updated closure information, please see https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htm
Once you are back to the safety of your car, and are mulling over the choices you made in life that led you to make the decision to attend this hike, just let it go and get moving because there's good food to be eaten on our way back at Jardines De San Juan 115 3rd St San Juan Bautista, CA[masked]

DO NOT ATTEND if you're experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, have a compromised immune system, or if you've been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.
LIABILITY WAIVER By joining this group for any event, you hereby release its organizers, hosts, and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands, or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for illness, injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice, or information contained herein.
Disclaimer: The South Bay Over 50 Social Hiking Group and its event organizer and members are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Over 50 Social Hiking Group and its event organizer and members from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Over 50 Social Hiking Group does not certify the expertise of its event organizer - I am a volunteer. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, poles, hat, sunscreen, first aid, food, gear, electrolytes, and water. You should consult your physician if you have any medical conditions that might limit your ability to engage in this type of activity.

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