Cone Peak Trail

DMAJOR

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by DMAJOR »

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!
LJeffers
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Cone Peak Trail

Post by LJeffers »

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.
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gfelsman
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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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!
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gfelsman
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

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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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emlennon
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by emlennon »

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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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by rt1 »

Date Hiked: July 14, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This report covers the section from Cone Peak Road to the summit of Cone Peak. Trail is in great condition with a little bit of mostly avoidable knee high poison oak. The trail has been getting solid use, it appears, and there were a number of parties climbing the peak today. No deadfalls, heavily brushy areas, or other obstructions.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by Sophie H »

Date Hiked: May 31, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We did the Sea to Summit loop from Kirk Creek campground to Cone Peak. Just want to start by saying this is an absolutely gorgeous trail the entire way and is so worth it. Started at Kirk Creek campground and hiked to Vicente Flat where we spent the night. Trail was clear the whole way, no problems. Lots of poison oak though. One smaller stream is flowing on the trail about 2.5-3 miles in, and the next water is at Vicente. Large river, seems very reliable. Amazing campground, room for 10+ tents, each has a fire ring and privacy.
Day 2 hiked from Vicente Flat to Cone Peak on the Cone peak trail. Trail was clear the whole way, plenty of water for the first ~0.7 miles and then none after that. Long, steep uphill for the rest of the ~5 miles.
We took the Gamboa trail down from Cone Peak towards Goat Camp. There is more than enough water flowing about 1.5 miles down from Cone Peak at Trail Spring Camp. Trail was clear until a little after Goat Camp. Goat Camp has a large amount of flowing water about 0.2 miles before it, and another large, beautiful waterfall about 0.2 miles past it. After this there was no water until Middle Fork Camp, which has another beautiful and heavily flowing waterfall. We continued on to the Stone Ridge Trail to loop back to Vicente Flat, and this part of the trail had some issues. There were about 5 large deadfalls over the trail beginning about 2 miles past Goat Camp and continued for approx 6 miles. 2 you can go around on a footpath, 1 we had to crawl under because it was too large to get over, and the rest we could climb over. It's pretty overgrown for about 5 miles but the trail is obvious the whole way.
About 0.5 miles past Middle Fork Camp on the Stone Ridge trail is a breeding ground for ticks. We each must have gotten 50 on our pants. This continued for about a mile.

Overall this loop hike is incredible and I highly recommend it. We did it in 3 nights, 4 days and averaged 6 miles a day, and it wasn't too tough. There are a lot of exposed sections where it's very hot so prepare for that. Also prepare for poison oak and ticks.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by Betsy M »

Date Hiked: May 19, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A VWA trail crew cleared a large sugar pine that was blocking this trail just up from Trail Springs Camp. Leor noted this tree over a year ago, and I guess everyone has been just climbing up and over, using the broken branches as handholds and footholds.

There is a ton of poison oak lining both sides of the trail. I guess you can kind of avoid it if you're careful. But otherwise the trail is heavily used, easy to follow, and free of major obstacles. In the photo below we are clearing all the branches. The white hardhat visible on the far side of the tree is on the head of a trail crew worker who is standing on the trail. That's how big this tree is.
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cel
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Post by cel »

Date Hiked: April 22, 2018
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

We hiked the entirety of the trail from Trail Spring to Cone Peak Road. Water is abundant at the trail spring, and cascading down past the campsite. From Trail Spring to the Cone Peak summit junction, the trail was in excellent condition. I don't recall any downed trees posing problems for us and our packs. Brush, poison oak, and ticks were also non-issues.

Trail conditions were also excellent from the summit junction down to Cone Peak road. Brush and ticks were also not an issue on this section. The afternoon sun is intense given the near-total lack of shade following the 2008 fire, but at least the going is easy. Towards the Cone Peak Road trailhead, the wide swath recently cut through the tall chaparral is holding up very well. Regrowth into this tunnel through the brush is minimal, and large downed shrubs were absent.
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