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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:12 pm
by Al Normandin
Date Hiked: March 24, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Naciemento Road Summit to Cone Peak. The 6 mile road to the trailhead was closed due to constuction. The road is in good shape for even low clearance sedans with small tires. But the road was closed as there were Caterpillar Heavy equipment vehicles along the road that had previously done high quality installation of new drainage pipes. Unfortunately the equipment was there, but no one worked that Wednesday I hiked. Call the Ranger Station ahead of time if your intentions are to drive that road to the trailhead. The trail is in good condition with only one tree down (8" diameter about 3/4 mile in) and some of the trail in the first mile needs some hedge trimmer work. But the trail is in good shape and no pick and shovel work is required.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:34 am
by mbrewer206
Date Hiked: December 28, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked to cone peak from the Kirk creek campsite. The trail is in great condition, a few trees fell across the trail but easy to climb over/under. Creek crossings were easy.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:42 am
by Hydro-Logic
Date Hiked: September 20, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

Cone Peak trail from Cone Peak road was in perfect condition. A few encroaching plants at the beginning then all clear the rest of the way up.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:43 pm
by LoJo
Date Hiked: September 18, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked this trail yesterday and it was fantastic! So grateful for the work that has been done to keep it clear and useable. We could see where there had been some slides, but the trail had already been cleared to make the few slide areas passable. A few spots had encroaching plants, but the trail was always well defined. The poison oak was very strong this year, and can be found along the side of the trail, so longer pants might be a better choice for the hike. Not sure about the water situation in the campgrounds as we started from Cone Peak Road (the dirt road) which was in very good shape and easy to drive on with our AWD vehicle.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:25 pm
by foo
Date Hiked: July 4, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked this at night and in shorts - no problem.
This trail is easy to find, easy to follow, and overall in great shape. Thanks.

The only water on this trail is at Trail Spring. It is running but not fast - it may be challenging to fill a bottle. A cup could be useful.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:41 am
by K Vandevere
Date Hiked: June 15, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

Summit to Trail Springs

This trail is so clear and so meticulously maintained that it's hard to believe you're in the Ventana Wilderness.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:18 pm
by ParinorB
Date Hiked: March 22, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked the Cone Peak Loop:

Fr March 21st: Kirk Creek Trail to Vincente Flat Camp
Sat March 22nd: Vincente Flat trail - Cone Peak Trail to Trail Springs Camp
Sun March 23rd: Gamboa Trail - Stone Ridge Trail - Kirk Creek Trail to Espinosa Camp
Mon March 24th: Out

Trails were generally clear with a few dead trees that needed dodging. Especially the Stone ridge trail had a few diversions here and there. But everything was totally passable with a little care.

All Camps that we passed had water. The main source at Vincente Flat was all the way on the north end of the campsite but there was a little pool with running water emerging from under the rocks right down by the picnic table on the south end of the camp. Trail Springs had a little running water right by the camp. Water Sources for goat camp and Espinosa were both a short walk away.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:34 pm
by Bill
Date Hiked: January 19, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is clear with only minor encroachment from brush. There is no water on this trail all the way from Gamboa Trail to Cone Peak Road.

The trail is well maintained and is very easy to follow.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:50 pm
by gfelsman
Date Hiked: October 5, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Darlene, I and 5 others hiked the Cone Peak Loop on Saturday. While the weather was warm, in SLO and surrounding areas, we were treated to high 60's and low 70's the entire day. We could see forever on this day. Thanks must go to all who have worked this trail over the years. The entire loop was in good condition, with some encroaching brush now and then. a few narrow spots on some steep sections. we had a great time on this trail

Conditions are as follows.

Cone Peak Road to Summit Clear, with minor encroaching brush now and then. Other parts Wilderness Freeway Status.

From Cone Peak down the Trail Spring Connector, the actual continuation of the Cone Peak Trail was clear. Lots of work went into this trail since my last visit. numerous trees were cut and used to shore up this section of the trail.

Once at Trail Spring the trails turns into the Gamboa Trail. Trail Springs Trail had a small trickle of water to fill empty water bottles in a few minutes.

Though this should be posted on the Gamboa Trail. This 1.5 mile section is clear with encroaching brush in many sections. Trail is easy to follow on the climb to North Coast Ridge Trail

The North Coast Ridge Trail back to Cone Peak Road is clear. A few steep sections with loose rocks.

It was a great hike.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:05 pm
by Jonathan
Date Hiked: September 4, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Cone Peak trail from the trailhead (elev. 3800) is in good shape and generally well graded for the 2+ miles to the Fire Lookout Spur. Trail is exposed 90% of the time which makes for great views and plenty of sweat. 360 degree panoramic views from the boarded-up fire lookout at top are spectacular (and the lookout provided some nice shade). From the spur down to Trail Spring Camp the trail descends steeply over 1000 feet. Very rare Sugar Pine/ Santa Lucia Fir forest persists down the entire slope. It seems that two major events (a fire and a blow-down) have killed many of the sugar pines, many thanks to whoever chainsawed the many fallen trees off the trail (including a 6+ plus diameter Sugar Pine!) At Trail Spring Camp there's a small trickle of running water. Flies pretty bad the whole way. Continued up the Gamboa Trail to make it a loop hike. Saw only four other people the whole day! :)