Double Cone Quarterly
Spring Equinox 2003-- Volume VI, Number 1

Chalk Peak
Addition to the Ventana Wilderness
6,550 acres

Chalk Peak Map
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With elevations ranging from 1300' to 3550', this area features rugged canyons drained by a major tributary of the Nacimiento River, the Negro Fork. Surrounded by verdant riparian vegetation, this creek is home to a healthy population of native rainbow trout. The rocks found in the lower section of the creek are a distinctive conglomerate.

Chaparral and oak woodland characterize the vegetation for most of the area. A beautiful stand of Santa Lucia fir is located along the creek. Several large meadows cover hillsides in the interior of the area. Recent fires have altered the age classes of much of the vegetation.

While much of the area is steep and rugged, level areas are found along the Negro Fork, offering attractive campsites. The higher elevations of this area command sweeping views of both the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Antonio Valley to the east.



Chalk Peak Photo


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