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Gibraltar Rock
updated: Feb 25, 2013, 11:26 AM

By Robert Bernstein

Gibraltar Rock is longer and more strenuous than most of my Sierra Club hikes, but our group of nine did it with no trouble! It is all on actual trails, which is unusual for my hikes!

Here are my photos!

Part of what made it go smoothly: I explained in advance that it was about twice the distance and elevation gain of usual front country hikes. Hikes like Inspiration Point from Tunnel Road. Several people who were not prepared for this decided not to go. And those who went were able to mentally pace themselves. The result: Satisfied hikers!

Most of the hike was on the Rattlesnake Trail, taking the side route via the old watering trough. But we went further than the usual Meadow where most people stop. After we got to the Meadow, the trail got steeper and more primitive and ended on Gibraltar Road. We then walked a short distance to Gibraltar Rock and climbed the rock on a short, steep trail.

We saw quite a few bicyclists on Gibraltar Road, which is quite a strenuous ride!

We also saw a young couple climbing Gibraltar Rock with equipment. After an extended, relaxed lunch we headed down and two more pairs of climbers were arriving.

The total elevation gain is about 1800 feet. But the Gibraltar Rock experience is very beautiful and worth the effort!


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