Cone Peak Climber's Log
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|cjrandall||Cone Peak Trail |
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2001
|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|
|derbilly||Route Climbed: Kirk Creek to Gamboa loop Date Climbed: May 1, 2005|
|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|
|rgreene||Route Climbed: Dirt Road + Trail from Nacimiento Date Climbed: 27 March 2005|
|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|
|pjcruse||Route Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: November 28 2004|
|Beautiful clear and cool day, unlimited visability in all directions.|
This is a good trail to run in and out. Good workout.
|Posted Nov 29, 2004 6:38 pm|
|blmcclain||Route Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 30th, 2004|
|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|
|hyperbolictans||Route Climbed: cone peak trail Date Climbed: 2004 May 1st|
|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|
|fedak||Route Climbed: Cone Peak Trail Date Climbed: 7-Feb-2004|
|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|
|Lara||Route Climbed: Lookout trail Date Climbed: November, 2003|
|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|
|Diggler||Route Climbed: Lookout trail from Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. Date Climbed: 29 November, 2003|
|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|
|Lippo||Date Climbed: August 18 2002|
|Easy but beautiful climb.|
|Posted Nov 22, 2003 7:24 am|
|Bob Burd||Route Climbed: Gamboa Trail Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2003|
|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|
|ncfitton||Date Climbed: July 2003|
|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|
|mpyle||Date Climbed: December 1999|
|Awesome view of the coast!|
|Posted Jul 5, 2003 4:00 am|
|scottyb||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: May 25, 2003|
|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 Holliman||Route Climbed: Kirk Creek/Cone Peak trails from Hwy 1 Date Climbed: March 16, 2003|
|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|
|butterflywings73||Route Climbed: From the Trailhead along the path. Date Climbed: September 7, 2002|
|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|
|gordonye||Route Climbed: Trail from Coast Ridge Road Date Climbed: 1996, 1997, 1999|
|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|