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Great Winter Hike!

I went late morning in early January and ran into only 2 other people that morning which left some awesome solitude time. I hiked with neoprene socks and chacos since there was some snow and also needed micro spikes in some parts.

Underwhelming but nice to stroll around

I hiked the loop and visited Settler’s Rock before heading back to my car. I didn’t see anything too spectacular about this hike though I did see a lot of people on the trail when I started mid afternoon. Nothing too strenuous but some parts still had snow on steeper areas, so I would recommend bringing micro spikes depending on what time of year you go.

Great Early Spring Hike!

I went mid March and had a great time seeing beautiful views from the summit. I used snowshoes the entire time and didn’t run into too many people during the ascent on weekday. Though I did run into quite a few people on the way down.

Awesome Views From Cone Peak

I backpacked from Kirk Creek Campground to Cone Peak for a weekend (2/10/2018-2/11/2018). The trail is in great condition, aside from a few fallen trees along the Kirk Creek Trail and Vicente Flat Trail. From the Kirk Creek Campground entrance there’s a trailhead right across Highway 1, and it’s 11 miles up to Cone Peak from there. I hiked to the summit in one day and my legs felt demolished during the last mile as it had been a long hike with another 1000+ ft of elevation gain left. The views and stargazing were definitely worth it though. The ascent took me 7.5 hours and the descent the next morning only took me about 5 hours. Be sure to fill up on water at Vicente Flat as the closest Creek to Cone Peak is about 5 miles away. The view from Cone Peak is beautiful, though I didn’t think much of Vicente Flat Trail was that majestic. I do recommend this hike if you’re looking for a lengthy hike with a good elevation gain challenge. Also the solitude factor was a solid 9/10. I didn’t run into many hikers along the trail and much my time hiking was nice and quiet. There were only 5 other people camping at Cone Peak with me for the night and we were able to spread ourselves out a bit. There isn’t a ton of space to camp up there so it’s nice to secure your spot early on if possible.