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simplifyCone Peak Road was open  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2006

simplify

After visiting Mt Manuel the previous week, i returned to Big Sur to take advantage of the spurt in good weather. The views from the summit are amazing.
Posted Feb 22, 2006 4:30 am

Frankly45Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2006  Sucess!

Frankly45

Beautiful day on the the big sur coast
Posted Feb 6, 2006 10:46 am

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: The Wrong Trail Date Climbed: 5 November 2005  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Followed the trail at the end of road up to the north ridgeline and then the north ridgeline to the summit. Why do I do these things when there are easier routes?
Posted Nov 10, 2005 1:19 pm

cjrandallCone Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2001

cjrandall

A night hike under the light of the full moon. Drove down from Monterey, arriving at the trailhead around 11pm. Needed only a small pen-size flashlight in certain places, I am probably the only geek in the world night-hiking without a headlamp.

Not a breath of wind on the summit, and warm. A couple other hikers were camping just below the summit when I arrived around 12:15am. I walked carefully, not wanting to wake them.

Hiked back down to the trailhead and camped at the end of Cone Peak Road.
Posted May 12, 2005 12:55 pm

derbillyRoute Climbed: Kirk Creek to Gamboa loop Date Climbed: May 1, 2005  Sucess!

derbilly

A long 25 mile, approximately 7000' gain adventure. We started from the Kirk Creek trailhead, took the Kirk Creek Trail to Vicente Flat, continued on the Vicente Flat Trail to Coast Ridge Road, walked along the road to the Cone Peak Trail and took that up to Cone Peak. On the descent, we continued on the trail down to Trail Spring, making a side trip to Twin Peak along the way. From Trail Spring we took the Gamboa Trail to the tick infested, slumping and disappearing Stone Ridge Trail to a coast overlook on the ridge between Limekiln Creek and West Fork. From here we decended on a combination of use trails to a dirt road that lead down to Hwy 1 just north of Limekiln Creek then hiked a few miles on Hwy 1 back to the car.
Posted May 3, 2005 11:41 am

rgreeneRoute Climbed: Dirt Road + Trail from Nacimiento Date Climbed: 27 March 2005  Sucess!

rgreene

3 hours up, 1.5 down. Good exercise, clouds moved in as I neared the summit. Then it started drizzling. Ended in the dark in a total "rain out". Yay me.
Posted Mar 28, 2005 2:23 am

pjcruseRoute Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: November 28 2004  Sucess!
Beautiful clear and cool day, unlimited visability in all directions.

This is a good trail to run in and out. Good workout.



PJC
Posted Nov 29, 2004 6:38 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 30th, 2004  Sucess!

blmcclain

Very hot day! Took my time reaching the summit to conserve energy. The bugs were incredibly thick and a total downer on a great day. A bit of haze but overall excellent views of the entire Ventana Wilderness and the Pacific. This would be a great hike in the winter. Only one rattlesnake encountered on the whole hike and he was more scared that me!
Posted May 31, 2004 2:26 am

hyperbolictansRoute Climbed: cone peak trail Date Climbed: 2004 May 1st  Sucess!

hyperbolictans

Took about ~65 minutes to reach the summit. Had to share the summit with throngs of bugs and flies. Clear day, amazing view of the ocean.
Posted May 2, 2004 12:10 am

fedakRoute Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: 7-Feb-2004  Sucess!

fedak

Beautiful warm clear day with great views of the central coast.



Left from the trailhead on Cone Peak Road and summited Cone Peak a little less than an hour later.

From there, I bushwacked over to nearby Twin Peak and then followed the ridge top down to join the Stone Ridge Trail. This trail led through Vicente Flat and then climbed up Hare Canyon via the Vicente Flat trail. A final mile along the road returned me to my car and completed the loop.



Pics and commentary here
Posted Feb 13, 2004 9:48 am

LaraRoute Climbed: Lookout trail Date Climbed: November, 2003  Sucess!

Lara

This was the day I learned D can enjoy an easy day hike. The gray moody views of the ocean, rugged beaches and surrounding hills from the top of Cone Peak were inspirational.

Posted Jan 27, 2004 7:14 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Lookout trail from Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. Date Climbed: 29 November, 2003  Sucess!

Diggler

Went up with Lara. Started from trailhead at 10.23. Nice, easy pace got us to the top by 11.40. While not sunny, the skies were mostly clear, the coast below us being socked in at the terminus of some of the deep coastal canyons, but fairly clear up above. The views were astounding, & the weather great, albeit slightly windy. Starting back down @ 12.04, we got back to the trailhead at 13.14.



The weather for the region turning cloudy & rainy the next day, the great weather we had on the peak is even more appreciated in retrospect.
Posted Nov 30, 2003 5:53 pm

LippoDate Climbed: August 18 2002  Sucess!

Lippo

Easy but beautiful climb.
Posted Nov 22, 2003 7:24 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Gamboa Trail Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Drizzle, fog, no views, much like Matthew found. I also got lost and did more miles than intended. Seems to be part of the initiation. I even convinced myself that my compass was pointing south when it was pointing north. Not a very clever boy am I. Trip Report.
Posted Nov 14, 2003 1:35 pm

ncfittonDate Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

ncfitton

Hot ascent on a very hot summer day - great views, one rattlesnake. Jogged back down in about 20 minutes. Don't miss Lime Kiln State Park while you are in the area - 2 short walks are worth the entry fee.
Posted Oct 19, 2003 11:35 pm

mpyleDate Climbed: December 1999  Sucess!

mpyle

Awesome view of the coast!
Posted Jul 5, 2003 4:00 am

scottybRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: May 25, 2003  Sucess!

scottyb

Overnight @ Vincente Flats then hiked to the road, hitchhiked to the trail head. 10 mile round trip beautiful day. Dramatic relief 5000 feet in about 1.5 miles.
Posted Jun 7, 2003 8:29 am

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Kirk Creek/Cone Peak trails from Hwy 1 Date Climbed: March 16, 2003  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

A longer than intended dayhike via the Kirk Creek trail from Hwy 1. A sunny start to the day turned to rain/snow/thick fog at the top, so no summit views for me... In the fog, I somehow contrived to get turned around on my descent, and ended up deciding to follow the Coast Ridge/Nacimiento-Fergusson roads down--35 miles, probably close to 7000 ft gain for the day! Oops.
Posted Apr 4, 2003 12:13 pm

butterflywings73Route Climbed: From the Trailhead along the path. Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!

butterflywings73

This trail seemed to be very overgrown, however we ran into the forrest service along the way who was clearing away all the overgrowth along the trail, and on the way down, you coudn't tell there was a problem with the overgrowth at all. The Cone Peak road that accesses the trailhead was very difficult to pass in my Nissan Altima, but it was done with only a few scratches on the paint.



The trail description in my book (101 Hikes in Northern California, Heid, Wilderness Press) was incorrect. It indicated that the trail was 3 miles round trip. The route was actually 4.72 miles round trip. Also they indicated that the elevation gain was 1400', and it was actually 1678'.



It was a great hike!!! I encourage all to do it, the views were incredible!!!
Posted Sep 8, 2002 2:14 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: Trail from Coast Ridge Road Date Climbed: 1996, 1997, 1999

gordonye

First time was with my friend Wei and my brother Tony. Spectacular views of the ocean. You can see the Highway 1 bridge crossing the outlet of Limekiln Creek, almost a mile below.
Posted Aug 27, 2001 10:40 am

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