Two hours away from the center of silicon valley, lies this spectacular ancient volcano. Rock spires, ramparts, crags, monoliths, sheer-walled canyons, and caves share no resemblance to the surrounding foothills on this landscape. Once a while, a California Condor or two appear far above, effortlessly gliding through the big boulders. We are here to appreciate the unspoiled wilderness of this land.
During last year’s hike, we started from the west gate, bypassed the steep and narrow section of the High Peaks Trail through Juniper Canyon Trail and Tunnel Trail, and I remember saying that we will try that next time so this time we did it. Again, after this visit we also left something for our third trip: hike to the other massive rock formation called Balconies.