Tuesday: (12/29) 42 degrees again this morning. I met my 13 fellow hikers at the Visitor Center and we drove up to the old Pinnacles TH.

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We hiked back on the Old Pinnacles Trail to the High Peaks Trail near the top we stopped for lunch with one of the Condor Naturalist who was doing the radio ranging of the birds.

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We continued on the Tunnel Trail then onto the Juniper Canyon Trail to the Chaparral parking area. Another break then on to the Balconies trail and trough the cave and back to the start. No condors seen today just a nice hike.

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While we passed by many of the same places the views were entirely different today. The caves were fun as well.

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On the home stretch we passed through the Balconies Caves.

My GPS track showed 8.4 miles with 2910 feet of overall elevation gain. Link to my GPS track.   I enjoyed a nice shower and another cheese burger for a late lunch early dinner. Lou and Dawn were off all day to Holister for a look around. They didn’t plan on an early return.

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