The California Condor ( Gymnogyps californianus ) reclaimed its original range within Pinnacles National Monument near Hollister, California with the birth of a chick in early spring of 2010. The chick first saw light from a nest on Resurrection Wall, a mountain climbing landmark for nearly a century situated within the extreme elevations of the park at around 3,000 feet in elevation.
The high ground designated as The Pinnacles descended from the ragged remnants of an erupted volcano, subsequently moved northward by earthquake activity along a fault line, then eroded to picturesque pinnacles in its present location.
Visitors view Resurrection Wall from a wooden bench perched at 1200 feet above the valley atop Scout Peak, where they train binoculars upward to the nesting site. The High Peaks Trail, directly opposite the Visitors Center, leads hikers on the strenuous route to the viewing area.