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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby charleston63 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:59 pm

Date Hiked: February 13, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked up from Trail Spring Camp, to Cone Peak, then down to Cone Peak Road.

The trail was clear and well defined. No chance of getting lost. excellent views of the surrounding area from the top. Someone left a little plastic tupperware box with a small notebook and pen as a trail registry. The notebook was almost full when my group and I signed it, so someone may want to bring a new notebook next time they are up there.

I could not find the trail from the summit that was supposed to lead directly to Cone Peak Campground that was on my map from CalTopo.com, so I ended up having to stay the night at the junction of Cone Peak Road and Cone Peak Trail. That trail was not on the BigSurTrailmap.net map, so for those planning a trip around here its safer to rely solely on this map.

[Editor's note: no such trail has existed for decades (if it ever did)]

For those who plan on staying at Otijo Camp, I did not stay there but there is a sign and trail that clearly directs you to that campsite's location.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:58 pm

Date Hiked: February 7, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: From Cone Peak road to summit of Cone Peak and down to Trail Spring Camp

Trail was in great shape. Couple small downed trees we cleared with our hand saws on the way up to the summit. Other than that there is minimal brush encroachment and tread seems to be mostly in good order. Great views on top, what a beautiful clear day and rather warm. Was funny since the previous weekend on Chews ridge we trodded through almost a foot of snow up near the fire lookout there. I have verizon cell service and had three bars on top of Cone Peak, which I used to give my mom a happy birthday call- she was surprised knowing I was out backpacking. (Good to know of that spot hot spot if you're ever in need out there.) Please note Cone Peak road is closed for the winter season.

We hiked down from the little saddle below the peak toward Trail Spring Camp, this was also in great shape. Water at Trail Spring is abundant!
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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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