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Lost Fortune 
Lump, The 
Operation Pinnacles Freedom 
Photographer's Delight 
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Scandal 
sponge left side 
swept away 
Tuff Dome Regular Route  
Unmentionable, The 
What I've Been Missing Out On 

High Peaks 


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Elevation: 2,658'
Location: 36.4895, -121.1979 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Sunny, shady, windy, long approach, crowds, seclusion, and incredible views. The High Peaks has it all. There are hundreds of pinnacles to choose from at all grades. Depending on the day, it can have a very "alpine" feel.

    Buy a copy of Brad Young's book, "A Climbers Guide to Pinnacles National Monument". (copyright 2007) One of the best climbing guides I've ever bought. Brad & company put a lot of work into this book. Please reward him by buying one for yourself and your favorite climbing partner. Available here: www.maximuspress.com/


    Getting There 

    Take the Juniper Canyon trail from the west side or the High Peaks trail from the east side. You can't miss it. Just keep going till you run out of "up". The 2 mile (+/-) approach is steep, has plenty of switchbacks, a 1000' elevation gain, and takes over an hour. Bring lots of water.


    28 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',10],['5.9',7],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for High Peaks:
    Photographer's Delight   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
    Tuff Dome Regular Route    5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Sport, 70'   
    Dragonfly Dome, Regular Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
    The Unmentionable   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
    Feather Canyon   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 1000'   
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    Featured Route For High Peaks
    On the summit of H&L Dome after completing Feather Canyon.

    Feather Canyon 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13  CA : Central Coast : ... : High Peaks
    If you're looking for some Pinnacles, High Peaks Adventure, this climb has it all. This climb includes route finding difficulties, loose rock, old bolts, poor belays, pigeons, and some of the most improbable climbing you'll find anywhere. That said, it is some of the best adventure climbing you'll find with a real alpine feel. From the west side parking lot, you'll need about 8 hours "car to car" for the whole adventure. See approach & descent description below. This is rated "only" 5.8 but woul...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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    The Unmentionable. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
    The Unmentionable.
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    The Anval.
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    Looking west from the top of the High Peaks...
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