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soslawFrom China Camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2014

soslaw

Given its proximity to the Pine Ridge Trail this peak sees infrequent visitors based on the register entries. The result is no use trail and a bushwhack. Summit register located at the southeast end of the peak. The views are worth the shwack to the top.
Posted Feb 1, 2014 7:26 pm

SkyPilot84Dayhike from China Camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012

SkyPilot84

Northwest slope from the Pine Ridge Trail.

We left the Pine Ridge Trail a few hundred feet before the Black Cone Trail junction but soon turned back because the brush was too thick for our liking (we are Ventana bushwhacking novices) and didn't look to get any thinner ahead. So we headed a short distance back down the Pine Ridge Trail (away from the Black Cone Trail junction) and then headed up again, choosing a steeper aspect that looked to have more trees and less brush. Fortunately, soon after leaving the PR trail for the second time we came across a faint use trail/game trail that led to a campfire ring just below the summit plateau. From that point, we pushed through 50 feet of horrendous brush then scrambled up some loose dirt and rocks to the summit plateau.

From the top it looked like there might be a promising route on the southwest slope back down to the Black Cone Trail, but we didn't chance going down that way, as we did not know the state of the Black Cone Trail.

It was a sweet Ventana adventure, and the views from the top are awesome. Someday I'll try for the Ventana Cone once I forget how much I hate bushwhacking.

Posted Apr 23, 2012 3:46 pm

SeanReedyFrom China Camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2012

SeanReedy

I enjoyed the views along the way and from the peak. If I head back to the Tassajara Road area again, I may opt to spend more time exploring Pine Valley and less time bushwacking to reach summits. As I already knew from previous experience and from reading, the non-burned off-trail chapparal areas of the Ventana can be almost impenetrable. The family and I stopped by the Chews Ridge lookout on the way out the next day.
Posted Mar 12, 2012 4:52 am

mrchad9With Ventana Cone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2011

mrchad9

Dayhike in from China Camp to Ventana Cone, then over to South Ventana Cone. Very cloudy most of the day. The CCC was in the process of cutting back and clearing the trail portion, had completed the first four miles or so.
Posted May 9, 2011 5:10 pm

QuailBSChina Camp to Pine Ridge Camp
Date Climbed: May 10, 2008
Backpacking trip to explore Pine Ridge Camp area. Went down the Black Cone Trail a short ways and then headed up the mountain. Turned around due to slow going in the immense brush and lack of time (it was evening).
Noted a large Purple Martin colony near the Black Cone/ Pine Ridge Junction.
I will return after the forest is re-open, taking advantage of the scorched brush. Hopefully erosion and winter rain to not obliterate the trails from fire scarring.

Posted Nov 4, 2008 4:32 pm

panweilinChina Camp -> South Ventana Cone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2006

panweilin

Started from Pine Ridge TH. Made it to South Ventana Cone. Lots of bushwhacking, no fun! Then we decided to give up Ventana Cone.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 3:20 pm

lakenyonFrom Big Sur Station  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2006

lakenyon

Very nice but very long day hike from Big Sur Station. Bushwhacked up from the Black Cone Trail, but I did a terrible job of route selection on the way down and ended up being scratched and coated in resin and leaves.
Posted Nov 22, 2006 10:15 pm

rhyangApril 2003  Sucess!

rhyang

Bushwhacked up from the Black Cone Trail, not far from the Pine Ridge Trail junction. Really enjoyed the views.
Posted Sep 18, 2006 2:19 pm

Bob BurdVentana Triple Crown  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Bob Burd

Hoo - boy. Finally successful at tagging all three of the peaks along Pine Ridge in one long, 20hr dayhike with Michael Graupe. Trip Report
Posted Jun 16, 2006 2:46 am

fedakRoute Climbed: From Pine Ridge Date Climbed: 22-Nov-2003, 17-Jan-2004  Sucess!

fedak

Quite cold in November, quite hot in January. (Jan trip was with Bob/Matt below.)

Pics from the Nov trip are here
Posted Jun 17, 2004 9:23 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: From Pine Ridge Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2003; Jan 17, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Hiked with Bob both times. It was hot both times.
Posted Apr 29, 2004 8:59 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: From Pine Ridge Date Climbed: 4/16/02 - 1/18/03 - 1/17/04  Sucess!

Bob Burd

The route gets a little harder each year as the chaparral grows back that ravaged the northwest side of the peak some five years ago. Trip Report
Posted Jan 27, 2004 5:07 pm

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