Ventana Double Cone Climber's Log
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|gordonye||Bushwacking hell |
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2013
|Overnight trip from Bottcher's Gap with Mike C. Miles of bushwacking after Pat Spring, especially between Puerto Suello Jct and Lone Pine camp, and around Little Pines camp, where one must walk/swim/crawl on hands and knees straight into walls of shrubbery.|
|Posted Jan 22, 2013 3:35 am|
|soslaw||Puerto Suello Trail |
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012
|A long day rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the Ventana Wilderness in the soft Autumn light.|
|Posted Oct 17, 2012 5:19 pm|
|mrchad9||Bottcher's Gap |
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2012
|Great, clear weather and super views as an overnight on the route from Bottcher's Gap. A little brushy at times but no so bad as the camp host made it out to be. With a bit more water on the route it'd be a great destination.|
|Posted Mar 5, 2012 12:21 am|
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2004
|The first solo in October. The 2nd in a day from Bottcher's Gap with Pat. Took a nap on the summit and awoke to a rattlesnake slithering under my back. Yikes!|
|Posted Jul 29, 2010 2:20 pm|
|rhyang||From Pat Spring |
Date Climbed: May 8, 2010
|Started early from Pat Spring, tagged summit, then headed down to try Kandlbinder (4653') .. a lot of brush burned off in the fires of '08, but not quite enough :) Got to the window and decided to turn back. Talus, loose rock, sand, brush .. long day .. about 12.5 hours. |
Next time maybe I'll try Kandlbinder via the north slope from the Little Sur drainage.
Date climbed: 3-May-2008
Third time for me: started from Bottcher's Gap, tagged Mt. Carmel, spent the night at Pat Spring, then did the 15 mile hike to the VDC and back. Hiked out the next morning.
Very scratchy brush to push through south of Puerto Suello, but then it's always been that way when I've done it. Beautiful weather and wildflowers.
Also did it in May 2001, and again in 2003 (hiked up the Big Pines trail from the dam that year - loads of poison oak).
|Posted May 9, 2010 7:03 pm|
|SkyPilot84||From Bottcher's Gap|
|We hiked to the top as part of a 3 day backpacking trip.|
|Posted Dec 10, 2009 7:58 pm|
|peterh||Dayhike from Bottcher's Gap |
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009
|Day hike from Bottcher's gap with a group of four friends. Departed 6:15am, reached the peak at around 2pm, and arrived back at Bottcher's Gap at around 10:25pm. The campground host seems pretty keen to warn people off dayhiking this peak, but we made it anyway :-)|
The trail is pretty vague, due both to the fires and the regrowth after the fires --- I think we lost and regained the trail 4 times over the hike. This is no longer the highway of a trail it was a few years ago. The bushwhacking is also much worse than I remember from my last trip (2006?), although somewhat mitigated by the fact that a lot of the brush is now dead.
|Posted Jun 14, 2009 10:17 pm|
|Kaiyabear||Bushwhacking to Ventana Double Cone |
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2008
|I left Bottcher’s Gap on Monday morning the 14th of April and had a nice hike to Pat’s Spring; clear views, clear trail and few ticks. I spent a windy night on the ridge there. Had some snow mixed with light hail. Tuesday morning, I set out for the Double Cone. The hike was great until I reached Puerto Suello trail junction. After that, eventhough I stuck to the Ventana trail, it was 3 miles of bushwhacking. I was crawling on my hands and knees through some parts due to the overgrowth. It added an hour or so to the hike. The summit was clear with great views in all directions. I spent the night there. I hiked back to Bottcher's Gap on Wednesday the 16th.|
|Posted Apr 17, 2008 12:22 pm|
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2008
|Solo dayhike. Great trail up Jackson Creek to about 3K ft marked with red, orange and yellow tags. I bush-wacked to about 3,250 ft. Brush suddenly becomes very bad. Moved up & over to left side and climbed (class 3) up to about 3,500. Granite is bad, I think there's a fault line in that area. Scree fields are also very unstable. There may be an easier route, I didn't have time to explore any further and turned back.|
|Posted Apr 7, 2008 2:35 pm|
|WickedRugged||Ventana Trail from Bottcher's Gap |
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2007
|Hiked into Pat Spring Camp, dropped big packs and took daypacks up to the summit. Started at 9:30am, got to Pat Spring at 12:30, left for summit at 1:30, got there at 4:00pm, completely engulfed by fog. Returned in darkness to camp, hiked out in the morning. The manzanitas/shrubs were soaked from an early rain Saturday, so we were completely soaked and were freezing cold at night. Not a pleasant experience, but the beauty of the Ventana Wilderness was worth it. Trail was not well marked in some areas, and is in need of some serious maintainance in several sections. Trip report to follow...|
|Posted Dec 3, 2007 5:32 pm|
|panweilin||Start from Bottchers Gap |
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2006
|On the way back, spotted a few Leonid meteors at the top of Devils Peak.|
|Posted Oct 25, 2007 2:12 pm|
|edevart||Los Padres Loop|
|Hiked up the Carmel from Los Padres. Camped at Hiding Canyon. In the morning up the Puerto Suello to the summit then back to the truck at Los Padres Dam via the Big Pines Trail. Couldn't find the Pat Springs water source and thus had a long hot and dry hike from the summit to Los Padres Reservoir.|
|Posted Sep 4, 2007 6:13 pm|
|Strazzman||With Adam |
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2007
|Did the same thing as QuailBS. First time out in the Ventana, and I plan on going back. It is really pretty country back there.|
|Posted Mar 25, 2007 6:22 am|
|metasyn11||Ventana Trail from Bottchers Gap |
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2007
|Camped at Pat Springs, then dayhiked VDC. Gorgeous, clear day.. I got to the summit early (~10:30a), so I decided to take a whack at the window, the deep notch about 2/3 of the way to Kandlbinder west along the ridge. The brush proved far too dense, however, and I was soon rebuffed. Then a long, tiresome hike all the way back to Bottchers Gap.|
|Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:37 pm|
|QuailBS||Bottchers to the Double cone |
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2007
|Spent 2 nights to and from the Double Cone.|
Camped at Pat Spring and Little Pines.
Very beautiful trip.
Stay tuned for a trip report.
|Posted Mar 17, 2007 5:01 pm|
|redtroll||Bottchers via Pat Spring |
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2006
|Beautiful day, unlike last time. Litterally had to swim through the manzanita on the way up.|
|Posted Nov 3, 2006 3:09 am|
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2005
|12/16- Did a night hike in to Pat Spring|
12/18- Hiked out from Pat Sping
It was foggy as we hiked in to Pat Spring
At the summit, it started raining. It rained all night and the whole day on the way out, and boy it was windy and cold.
|Posted Jun 28, 2006 3:48 am|
|Bob Burd||Ventana Triple Crown|
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006
|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 2:48 am|
|lakenyon||Bottchers Gap & Los Padres Dam |
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2004
|05/06/2006: Day hike from Bottchers Gap.|
11/19/2005: Day hike from Los Padres Dam via Carmel River. Despite its bad press, this is a good route in autumn. River crossings were confusing in the dark.
11/14/2004: Day hike from Bottchers Gap. Black oaks had great fall color.
|Posted May 14, 2006 9:43 pm|
|fedak||Route Climbed: Ventana trail from Bottchers Gap Date Climbed: May-30-2005|
|Nice clear cool summer morning that transitioned into a uncomfortably hot summer afternoon with swarms of Ventana flies. Wildflowers were past their peak bloom but still impressive. |
The Bottchers Gap route is definately easier than dayhiking VDC from the Dam. My calc from Topo! had the elevation gain at about 6500ft one way, with a total of around 8-9k.
Pics are here
|Posted Jun 1, 2005 2:26 pm|