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Cone Peak Trail

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Rob on Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:28 pm

Date Hiked: April 14, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from Trail Spring up to the lookout, and it was in great shape. Only two small downed trees near Trail Spring, which seemed to have been flagged already. There were also a few detours around some larger trees, but no real obstructions.

From the lookout on down to Cone Peak Road was a wilderness freeway: clear sailing. Wildflowers in full effect.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Virginia Jensen on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:34 pm

Date Hiked: April 10, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

the Cone Peak is in excellent repair. As we hiked it today we met Mike Heard removing a dead tree and root than was hanging over the trail. With that obstruction gone, the trail was perfect. The weather was brilliant and the wild flowers abundant. This was our first time up to the peak and it was a day to be remembered. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who have been maintaining the trails. Your efforts are appreciated. Virginia Jensen, Judy West, Louis Plevel, Fritz Thom
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Al Normandin on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:29 pm

Date Hiked: April 8, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked Cone peak trail on April 8, 2013 from Naciemento-Ferguson Road summit to Cone Peak. A Ventana Alliance trail crew member told me the Cone Peak Road has been closed to vehicular traffic since March 2011 and will be open only after the National Forest Service obtains funds to repair the road. The trail to Cone Peak is in very good shape with no obstacles.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Slrlara on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:30 pm

Date Hiked: April 4, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Beautiful trail and well worth the 15.8 miles round trip. Come peak road is closed so you have to hike 6 miles to get to the trail head. From the trail head to the top of Cone peak is another 1.9 miles. The trail is not hard but if you're carrying a backpack it can be a little difficult. About 2 miles in we were able to purified some water and fill up our water bottles, but I believe that's only because it rained the night before, had it been mid summer or warmer, this trail would not have had a water source and we would have been in a lot of trouble. This is more of a day hike, or overnight trip with a light pack mainly because I the lack of water. For your safety take a good amount of water up, or you can be in a lot of trouble especially in the hot summer days.

There are a lot of ticks on this trail, try not to sit on the edges or near the brush, of you're resting on come peak road. The trail up cone peak also has a lot of ticks so keep moving and check yourself for ticks if you feel something or once you get to the top.

It is extremely beautiful at The top of Cone Peak, you can seriously just stare at that view for hours. Well worth it but please keep it clean, I saw some trash on the trail, and at the top. Remember to carry out what you bring in.

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby Al Normandin on Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:38 pm

Date Hiked: March 4, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail very clear with only one fallen tree crossing the trial. The trail was wide and I received no scratches hiking in shorts. The road was closed to vehicles so I had to hike the extra 6 miles from Naciemento-Ferguson Road summit to get to the traihead.
Al Normandin

Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:21 pm

Date Hiked: February 11, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: From Cone Peak Rd. to Cone Peak and the Lookout tower

The trail is clear and in good condition, well marked. We hiked through some snow at the beginning, north facing areas. Gorgeous view from the top, what an extraordinary area, can see everything!
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby sugg on Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:10 am

Date Hiked: January 5, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section from Trail Springs Camp to the intersection with the lookout: The trail was mostly covered with snow: There was lots of fallen trees which for the most part had been cleared - I didn't have to crawl over anything. There were a few tree root holes and the snowy trail moved around them. I traveled along the trail with no problems - no brush or anything to slow a person down.

Section from lookout intersection to Cone Peak Road: - This part of the trail is wide open, county park clear.

Cone Peak Road from Cone Peak Trail to the top of Vicente Flat Trail: - The road was clear, but as I got closer to the VF trailhead I did notice what looked like the beginning of slide/ washout marked with ribbon/caution tape about a 1/4 mile - 1/2 mile (?) above VF trailhead. If a person wants to make a quick jump to the lookout tower, park at Nacimiento Fergusson, and then mountain bike over to the Cone Peak tailhead or the North Coast trailhead.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby KathyW on Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:54 pm

Date Hiked: November 25, 2012
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Hike from the junction of Cone Peak Road and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to the Cone Peak Trail and then took the Cone Peak Trail to the summit.

Notes: The Cone Peak Road was closed but it was a pretty easy hike down the road to the Cone Peak Trail. I think it's a total of about 15 miles round-trip from the road junction to the summit of Cone Peak and back, but not a lot of elevation gain until the last section on the trail.

Anyway, both Cone Peak Road and the Cone Peak Trail are in good condition, clear, and easy to follow.

Some pictures from my hike:!i=2237810859&k=9R7MS5b
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby narced133 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:15 pm

Date Hiked: November 3, 2012
General Condition: Clear to passable

Ditto Mike Heard's report. Segment from Cone Peak road to the lookout is in good shape and well traveled. There are a few stump holes and one tree to skirt around on the way down to Trail Spring but nothing particularly difficult to get around. Thanks to the trail crew for some tough looking work clearing out the downed trees from that stretch.
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Re: Cone Peak Trail

Postby C M Heard on Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:45 pm

Disappointed Hiker will be happy to hear that a Forest Service crew has cleared most of the downed trees from the WIlderness segment of the Cone Peak Trail. However, since it's still in significantly worse shape than the non-Wilderness segment, I am once again reporting the conditions on the two segments separately.

Segment: Cone Peak Road to Cone Peak Lookout
Date Hiked: August 28, 2012 (road to lookout spur trail junction) & October 1, 2012 (lookout spur trail junction to lookout)
Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

This portion of the trail remains pack stock passable.

Segment: Lookout Trail Junction to Trail Spring Camp
Date Hiked: October 1, 2012
Condition: Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident

Operating under the authorization of a Minimum Tool Decision, a fire crew hired from the Sequoia National Forest worked from August 27, 2012 to August 31, 2012 to clear all but a handful of the 60+ downed trees, mainly with chain saws. Although some trouble spots remain, this portion of the trail can now be considered passable. The photos below show the remaining trouble spots, starting from the spur trail junction and working down toward Trail Spring Camp. Except where stated otherwise, the photos were taken looking in the descending direction.

Stump hole

Incompletely cut tree (looking in the ascending direction)

Incompletely cleared switchback (the sixth one from the spur trail junction) looking up from the turning platform.

Stump hole

Encroaching rootball (looking in the ascending direction)

Outsize downed tree that the crew did not have a big enough bar to get

Stump hole (looking in the ascending direction)

Encroaching rootball

Stump hole

The District plans to have one of its fire crews cut out the remaining trees in the near future, but it is not known when or if resources to repair the tread damage will be available.

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