Hiking The Black Cone Trail

The 26th most popular hiking trail in California.

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East of Big Sur in the Los Padres National Forest, the Black Cone Trail is a rugged hiking route in the 216,000 acre Ventana Wilderness Area. The Black Cone Trail is not directly accessible. The best way to access it is via the Pine Ridge Trail starting from the Big Sur Guard Station south of Big Sur on SR1. It is about 15 miles from the guard station to the start of the Black Cone Trail. Head south on the Black Cone Trail for seven miles to the end. It ends at the junction with the South Fork Trail (which leads back to the Pine Ridge Trail forming a loop) and the Marble Peak Trail. Note: both of these routes have been poorly maintained and may be difficult to follow.

Overall, Black Cone Trail is the 26th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Black Cone Trail including Pine Valley / Carmel River Trail, Hare Creek Trail and Pine Ridge / Sykes Hot Springs Trail.

Ventana Wilderness (CA/US)

Ventana Wilderness (CA/US)

Ventana Wilderness (CA/US)

Ventana Wilderness (CA/US)

Black Cone Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Los Padres National Forest (831) 423-3191; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Ventana Campground; Treebones Resort Yurts; Esalen Institute Personal Retreats

Luxury Loding:  Treebones Resort, Big Sur

Breakfast Restaurant:  Deetjens Big Sur Inn; Big Sur Bakery

Reference Source:  click here http://www.ventanawild.org/

GPS:  36.2479, -121.7821

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/16/2016

ID:  13198

Black Cone Trail Hiking Map


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