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T. WhiteFabulous summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

T. White

The views were outstanding in all directions, but especially of the Ventana. Would've liked more of the Pacific to have peeked through the fog. Amazing to see how quickly this area recovered from the 2009 wildfire.

Road up to TH was open but scary... not much room to move when coming up against another vehicle. On the other hand, there was nobody else on the mountain that day. Truly wonderful!
Posted Nov 5, 2017 3:29 am

CameronGroundStone Ridge Direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2016


Started at the Twitchell Flat Road pullout, scrambled down the hill to the beach for a proper sea to summit, then up the crest of Stone Ridge to Twin Peak. Was worried the wet conditions would make the steep hiking difficult/slippery, but it ended up not being too bad.

Ridge traverse over to Cone, involved some brief sections of rock scrambling in between sliding around on the snow. Then back down Gamboa and Stone Ridge trails.

Fairly cold wet day, in the clouds from about half way up to the summit of Cone, which was just barely peaking in and out of the cloud top making for pretty cool views. While it never rained very hard during the day, the "trail" goes through some pretty thick vegetation and it was all soaked. 3-4" of snow up top from earlier storms, patchy snow started around 4k ft.
Posted Jan 10, 2016 3:10 pm

yadahzoemtnWith Kathy and Leigh Ann  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015


With my girlie girl friends
Posted Jan 5, 2016 9:49 pm

fedakWith Twin Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2014


Loop over Cone/Twin and down to Vicente Flat
Pics and commentary are here.
Posted Jan 3, 2016 4:45 pm

trexkerryCone Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2015
Started at the TH, followed the trail up to Cone Peak then made the traverse over to Twin Peak. Some scrambling and several ups and downs to get to Twin Peak. Retraced route back to car, RT was just over 3 hours, 6 1/2 miles, 2100+ feet of gain. Amazing views from the top of Cone!
Posted Oct 24, 2015 2:47 am

bennovakCone Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2015


Road was open so I started at the trailhead which made the walk quite easy.
Posted Aug 2, 2015 11:00 pm

Super DaveCone Peak Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2015

Super Dave

Beautiful area. Camped at the great campsite 4+ miles from the pavement, then started early from the Cone Peak trailhead. Made a 3-peak 10 mile loop out of the day. Highly recommended. Trip Report
Posted Jan 31, 2015 11:31 pm

labglovesCone & Twin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2014


I did a quick loop from the end of the road, up the North Ridge of Cone, over to twin, then down the main trail and back up the road to the car. Beautiful day.
Posted May 10, 2014 11:33 pm

josiahqFrom Naciemento-Ferguson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2014


Climbed from Naciemento-Road, then camped on the spur almost due South of the summit @ 4480' or so.

For the life of me couldn't find the damn trail over to Twin Peak, despite the GPS.
Posted Mar 10, 2014 2:58 pm

soslawStone Ridge Direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2014


Climbed Twin Peak first and then traversed to Cone Peak. Descended the Gamboa trail which was in great condition. Warm and clear. Early December snow was gone.
Posted Jan 4, 2014 10:22 pm

DariaBig Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013


Finally got this peak done. Done the easy way with a grumpy old man, views were sensational-did it in late afternoon, then watched sunset on the way back down on the(nacimiento) road. Very beautiful and calm fall afternoon/evening.

would like to do it from Kirk Creek campground next time! Big Sur is one of my favorite spots.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 7:19 pm

BCLCone Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2013


With Barbara and Ashley via Cone Peak Trail. Road is now open all the way to the trailhead. Saw a big rattler on the way down next to the trail.
Posted Aug 23, 2013 6:13 pm

PSKirchmannStars above Big Sur  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2010


I started from highway 1 on Vincente Flats trail and reached the summit around midnight after hiking all day. This timing spared me Memorial Day crowds, heat and annoying flies. Great views of the stars from my bivouac on the peak. The next day stunned me with breathtaking views of the ocean and Cone Pk felt like a 5000ft prominence peak. This was my first ascent of Cone Pk and I knew that I would return to this magic place time after time. Breaking in my new La Sportiva Nepal Evo mountaineering boots, however, was not such a bright idea - my feet were bleeding after a 22mi round trip and my boots succeeded in breaking me in instead. peakbagger.com
Posted Jun 27, 2013 3:39 am

youngclimer123great ocean views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2009


not a bad hike and great views of the ocean below
Posted Apr 28, 2013 12:47 pm

mpjonesRoad Update  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2013
The road was gated as expected. A mountain bike would be in order here. Even if, like me, you don't have massive, hill-pumping quads. Anyway, the road looks to be passable to any vehicle. I saw earthmoving equipment and lots of recent road work. There were no major washouts or potholes, and only a few muddy spots, nothing that would bog down a 2WD. I'd wager that the road will be open this year on schedule.
Posted Feb 11, 2013 3:01 am

PhenomenalWomanCat Bait?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2012


Discovered the gate closed at Coast Ridge Rd, and decided to make a go for it since it was early in the morning and I had plenty of supplies. Turned the 4 mile hike into 16, which unfortunately had me hitting the steepest elevation gain at noon. This was the only day of my entire week in CA that it didn't rain, and I was rewarded with decent views of the coastline and Pacific. I was THE only person on the trail to the peak, which in hindsight may not have been the safest decision...but I'm happy I forged ahead and didn't end up as some mountain lion's lunch. :)
Posted Apr 29, 2012 10:55 pm

IcemansurfThe Long Way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2011


The road was closed at Naciemento Road, but I went for it anyway. This added 12 miles roundtrip, and it ended up being a 4.5 hour ordeal truck-to-truck, with about 1.5 hours of that in a decent jog. Beautiful day and the views were spectacular. Not a soul in sight.
Posted Oct 20, 2011 11:19 pm

SurfinPeakScienceBeauty  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2010


Beautiful day! I could see waves marching into Sand Dollar Beach.
Posted May 16, 2011 12:39 am

thexcatCone Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2011


A nice day to summit Cone and Twin Peaks. Cone pk rd was closed. Me and Tang walked several miles from Nacimiento-Fergussen road to get to cone peak trail. ~15mile rt. Clear views to the pacific and ventana wilderness.
Posted May 1, 2011 8:12 pm

Bob BurdCone Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2010

Bob Burd

Twin and Cone Peaks on an overcast but delightful day. Few flies, no ticks. Good use trail between Cone Peak Trail and Twin Peak across the SW Face of Cone. Thanks to Robert Parks for the information, who I met at the end of the Cone Peak Rd the night before. Trip Report.
Posted Oct 10, 2010 3:19 pm

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