Black Cone Trail Backpacking

Carmel, California

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Following the 1977 Marble- Cone Fire, the Forest Service abandoned the Black Cone Trail, which was quickly reclaimed by dense thickets of chaparral. In 1999, Kirk Complex Fires raged along most of the trail, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the residual tread of the once lost Black Cone Trail was once again exposed. This now-restored 7.8 mileroute traverses some of Ventana’s highest ridges and mountains, connecting the trails of the Arroyo Seco drainage with the trails of the Big Sur River and Carmel River drainages. Enjoy epic views of the Big Sur watershed and some of the best views of the Big Sur backcountry.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

Following the 1977 Marble- Cone Fire, the Forest Service abandoned the Black Cone Trail, which was quickly reclaimed by dense thickets of chaparral. In 1999, Kirk Complex Fires raged along most of the trail, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the residual tread of the once lost Black Cone Trail was once again exposed. This now-restored 7.8 mileroute traverses some of Ventana’s highest ridges and mountains, connecting the trails of the Arroyo Seco drainage with the trails of the Big Sur River and Carmel River drainages. Enjoy epic views of the Big Sur watershed and some of the best views of the Big Sur backcountry.

© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Carmel
Distance: 30.2
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 days
Season: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Los Padres National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Chews Ridge, Ventana Cones, and Tassajara Hot Springs; Big Sur and Ventana Wilderness by Wilderness Press
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Cone Trail (Backpacking)

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