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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby 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.
Second Tree on Cone Peak Trail.jpg
First Tree on Cone Peak Trail.jpg
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby 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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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby rt1 on Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:31 pm

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

Postby Sophie H on Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:10 am

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

Postby Betsy M on Thu May 24, 2018 6:48 pm

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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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby cel on Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:58 pm

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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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby VWA Admin on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:04 pm

Date Hiked: November 11, 2017
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Reported by: Eric Hightower

Section- Cone Peak summit to Trail Spring
Cone Peak Trail's backside is in great shape.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Pismorich on Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:47 am

Date Hiked: June 23, 2017
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

The cone peak trail has several areas a long the trail where the Chapparal has made hiking difficult as the growth is covering the trail.. The result required us to do " Tick checks" and we were wearing Deet, we found Ticks thru each brush crawl on our clothes and skin..

We plan to volunteer if called upon and time allows. The views are worth keeping this trail groomed, It was well over 90 degrees during the day so we waited to hike until 5 P.M. and it didn't cool off until 7:30 or so. Cannot wait to return .. Views are Killa...

Happy Trails " Pismo Rich "..

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby pantilat on Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:50 pm

Date Hiked: March 19, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Cone Peak Trail is generally in good shape and clear with the exception of (i) a large pine blowdown above Trail Spring Camp, (ii) a couple additional downed trees that are easy to get around/through and (iii) some ceanothus brush starting to interlock in a short section near the start of the trail at Cone Peak Road.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby salvatore on Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:04 pm

Date Hiked: July 24, 2016
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Together with a friend I hiked the cone peak loop (Vicente Flat Trail from Cone Peak rd ----> Stone Ridge Trail---> Gamboa Trail ---> Cone Peak Summit Trail ---> Cone Peak Trail to Cone Peak road). We began our loop at 2pm from Cone Peak rd (Vicente Flat Trail trailhead) on Saturday, we camped at Goat Camp and arrived at our car on Sunday at 12:00 pm.

Generally speaking the loop is very easy to follow (all parts). The heat is the only real challenge in this summer period (intense!).
The VW team and volunteers clearly do a wonderful job and we were very much grateful (I found impressive the amount of large trunks that were removed from the trail, especially in Gamboa Trail).

Cone Peak Trail, we found no major obstacle and the path was clear.

Half way from cone peak summit junction to cone peak road, the trail appeared to separate in two to what it seemed a tread of a smaller trail. However this was "fenced off" by a small trunk to indicate the main trail to follow (a mistake was very unlikely).



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