Black Cone Trail Backpacking

Carmel, California 93922

Black Cone Trail Backpacking

Black Cone Trail (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Black Cone Trail (Backpacking) Professional Reviews and Guides

"Following the 1977 Marble-Cone Fire, the US Forest Service abandoned the Black Cone Trail, which was quickly reclaimed by dense thickets of chaparral. The 1999 Kirk Complex Fires raged along most of the trail, exposing its residual tread. Soon volunteers from the Ventana Wilderness Alliance hiked the area to see whether it would be feasible to reestablish the trail. In cooperation with the USFS, volunteers removed brush and debris and regraded the trail."

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Trail Information

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

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Oct 2018