Route Climbed: Ventana trail from Bottchers Gap Date Climbed: November 10, 2002
Also dayhiked from Bottchers Gap. I think Bob understates the difficulty of this hike--when I check in "Topo!" it claims the roundtrip elevation gain to be over 8500 ft (which better agrees with how my legs felt after this than Bob's number).
A nice morning, but an absolutely wet afternoon. I got soaked on the way back. Pics/TR on my website (see profile).
Route Climbed: Ventana Trail from Bottchers Gap Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2000
After hiking in Ventana for a number of years and viewing Ventana Double Cone from all angles, I wanted very much to bag this one. As a dayhike its pretty tough (6,000ft+, 30mi), so choosing one of the shortest days of the year didn't help. But the weather was absolutely divine. Trip Report