On a plant collecting trip I was able to finally make my dream come true. It was all clouds on the way up until summit break. With the grandest views i have ever seen. Watched the sun go down and the almost full moon come up. Favorite peak experience yet.
Best place to see the sun set on the west coast.
A fine lookout, trail, and all around great hike.
Summitted at ~4:00 PM with Mike and Miranda. There were no views from the summit. :(
THE FLIES WERE INSANE THIS WEEKEND. ENDED UP WITH SO MANY BITS. THEY DID NOT STOP ME THOUGH. CHECKED IT OF THE LIST
Day hike from Kirk Creek Campground via Vicente Flat Trail.
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.
Beautiful day on the the big sur coast
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?
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful clear and cool day, unlimited visability in all directions.
This is a good trail to run in and out. Good workout.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Easy but beautiful climb.
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.
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.