Morning view from the parking lot.
We start off in cold temps as the morning sun hides behind the high peaks.
Our group heading up the trail. We're getting the steep part of the hike out of the way while it's cool out.
View of the High Peaks from below.
The morning sun hits the rocks to the West
Climbing to the ridge. We'll reach it the same time as the sun.
Creepy Crawly tarantula on the trail.
The red and lichens on the rock makes for interesting patters and color contrast
Laurent, Antony, and Jeff in silhouette at the top of the ridge
Looking down on the east side trails
The first railed section of trail
Up the narrow steps
More steps in the rock. The High Peaks trail in Pinnacles is a feat of trail engineering and a lot of fun!
Steps chiseled in the rock and a guide rail
Looking down the steps to some of the guys below
Coming up the steps
Pang and Jeff at the Crack - make sure to duck or you're gonna bonk your head.
High Peaks - we've usually seen the condors here, but none today.
Down the last set of steps
Laurent and Antony up in the crack
Antony on the last steps
Pang on the last steps
Looking back down on the parking lot below
Balconeis area (cave) below us. Won't be there today - so much to see, so little time.
On the ridge
We'll drop down into the wash and pick up the north wilderness trail
A view towards North and South Chalone Peaks
Down the hill. Sun is out now and it's getting warm.
Even though it is dry there is still some color