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.