3/30/16 (Wednesday) in Paicines, CA (San Benito-TT)
This was sort of a preliminary visit, where we hiked part of the Bench Trail (didn’t take the map, so missed a lot of it), then the Bear Gulch Trail (didn’t finish because it was fairly steep and long). We thoroughly enjoyed all the spring wild flowers and running streams. Much more to see, so we’ll be back soon. This park is known for the condors (we didn’t see any) and pinnacle rocks to climb. The image to the right (click to enlarge) shows how you can tell the difference between condors (rare) and turkey buzzards (common).
Peak’s View (where we started our Bench Trail hike). We could have started at the Visitor’s Center, near the campground.
Lovely wildflowers plus we saw a few of these sweet lizards.
I can’t leave without sharing a small cascade on the Bear Gulch Trail and the High Peaks we saw at Bear Gulch Day Use Area (drove to the end of the trail!)