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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by geoffvirtue on Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:58 pm

Date Hiked: September 26, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Took a group through the lollipop this weekend. Tread is passable up to Cone Peak. There is encroaching brush growing in the middle of the tread and it will likely be difficult come spring.

There are a few sections near the start where tread is hard to pick up due to the burn scar. Lot of ash and loose ground is obscuring the tread with new growth sprouting through. Be careful and back track if you think you lose the trail.

Once on the higher sections the trail becomes much more evident and is clear to the summit.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by terrapin44 on Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:00 pm

Date Hiked: July 19, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This trail could almost be considered a wilderness highway but there are a few places where the brush is encroaching on the trail and a couple of places where the downhill side of the trail has given away a tiny bit--not enough to be an issue but something to look out for especially of hiking down from the peak after sunset. Great views from the peak!

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by rcmd8418 on Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:25 am

Date Hiked: July 12, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail was clear and easy to follow, with some poison oak (but mostly avoidable, and much less than on Kirk Creek and Vicente Flat Trails). Amazing views from the summit.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by PDunn on Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:02 pm

Date Hiked: July 9, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

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Date Hiked: July 9, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I encountered some brush and a deadfall that could be removed with a saw. I like this trail for the generally gentle slope up until the last quarter mile or so and of course the view is spectacular.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by DMAJOR on Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:29 pm

Date Hiked: December 28, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Christmas Holiday Hike that did not disappoint! Biked to the trailhead from N/F road through some areas of snow in the shadows. STILL very passable and warm in the sunny areas. Worked on the trail to the top, clipping the overgrowth. VERY passable and with some work little push thru now. AMAZING view and more and more SNOW on the trial as you summit. ABOUT 8 inches of snow at the TRAIL SPRING connector. 20 degrees colder at the fire outlook with a SNOWMAN! Started Solo but passed 10 more hikers coming down. This is a very special place!

Cone Peak Trail

Post by LJeffers on Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:23 pm

Date Hiked: November 21, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Cone Peak Trail from Cone Peak Road to summit is clear and a pleasant walk to an inspiring summit.
Continuing down towards Trail Spring Camp and the Gamboa Trail, some impressive trail clearing involving numerous cuts through massive fallen tree trunks make the trail Clear until one uncut large trunk crosses the trail requiring use of a detour down the hillside and back up to the trail. There were some other small obstacles but nothing that couldn't be scambled over or stepped over on the way to the junction.
In my opinion, this trail is much easier in the downhill direction, if one has a choice.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by gfelsman on Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:18 pm

Date Hiked: November 3, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

According to a forum post, the trail is now clear from the road to the summit. Some must have worked on the trail. Cone Peak Road is also in good shape.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by Crosstrkhiker on Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:39 pm

Date Hiked: September 6, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Love hiking this trail, but was a bit more frustrating and difficult this last time because of how much encroaching brush and poison oak there was on a majority of the trail from Cone Peak Rd to the summit of Cone Peak. Also in a few spots the trail was eroding and falling down the hill. Other than that the trail was well defined and beautiful as always! Love the hike and such an awesome area!

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by gfelsman on Sat May 11, 2019 6:30 pm

Date Hiked: May 11, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Today VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers patrolled from Cone Peak Road to the summit and back. The trail is clear with encroaching brush in some parts. We cleared some of it. There are two trees, approx. 12 inches, between the first and second saddle across the trail. Both are easily navigated.

Cone Peak Road was recently graded as well.

Lastly, be fire safe, have a valid campfire/backpacking stove permit and be aware that fly season has begun. If it warms up the flies will come out.

Happy Hiking.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by emlennon on Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:19 am

Date Hiked: December 29, 2018
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The trail is in great shape! Easy to follow with no obstructions or encroaching brush.

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