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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby christoph28 on Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:12 pm

Date Hiked: August 8, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This trail is in great condition, making for a nice (although arduous) hike up from Kirk Creek Campground. Minimal encroaching brush and deadfalls. We did not find any water at Trail Spring camp, though it is possible we didn't search far enough up/down stream from the camp.
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Cone Peak Trail

Postby daveviaventana on Fri May 01, 2015 11:06 am

Date Hiked: April 26, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I hiked the 16-mile Cone Peak-Gamboa-Stone Ridge-Vicente loop, and didn't encounter major problems on any of it. The worst poison oak encroachment was on Stone Ridge trail, but it was manageable. I had to push poison oak out of my way with my poles a few times, and there were some easy to get around/over/under deadfall trees.

The Cone Peak trail itself was free of major obstacles. There was some majorly encroaching thick, tall brush that I had to push my way through, but none of it was poison oak, and in fact it was pretty soft and nice-smelling brush. The tread was completely evident.

Thanks for your work!
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby kevin_lyle on Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:22 pm

Date Hiked: March 28, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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Date Hiked: March 28, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I hiked this trail from the Cone Peak Road trail head to the summit and down to the Gamboa Trail at Trail Springs Camp (which did have a decent flowing stream with easy access to filter water) this is the only spot around we found water. The day was hot and rationing water was important. Trail was in good shape, some encroaching brush at start but other than that, in good condition. Views from the top where pretty awesome.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Al Normandin on Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:12 pm

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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby mbrewer206 on Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:34 am

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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Hydro-Logic on Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:42 am

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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby LoJo on Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:43 pm

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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby foo on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:25 pm

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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby K Vandevere on Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:41 am

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.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby ParinorB on Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:18 pm

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.
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