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Hike notes: 
Black Cone Trail via Pine Ridge Trail 

Pine Ridge Trail, Black Cone Trail, Marble Peak Trail, Tony Trail, back to start

Round Trip: 31 miles
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Route metrics & trail conditions 

Overview:
  Attractions are narrow riparian canyons, ridgetops with views, large meadowed valleys, creeks, and rocky outcrops.  Seldom visited (and a bit brushy) Black Cone Trail gives expansive views of upper Big Sur River. 

Camps:
  Variety of camps (and use camps) along creeks and in meadows.  Dispersed camping also possible.  For water information check individual camp descriptions on interactive map.

Access:
  Dirt Tassajara Road best for high clearance vehicles, condition varies seasonally depending upon date of last scraping. 

Notes:
  • Expect significant brushy patches on Black Cone Trail - best done with GPS track to avoid need to search for trail - for current conditions see Big Sur Trail Conditions Map
Sadly, conditions have continued to deterorate along the Black Cone Trail - now only for the hardy (and GPS recommended)
• Crossing of Tassajara Creek can be impassable after heavy winter rains. 
• Best done counter-clockwise so going downhill through brush on Black Cone Trail. 
• Can shorten loop by hiking Church Ranch Road to Tassajara Road instead of north end of Church Creek Trail. 

Related Links:
  Big Sur hiking information  
Big Sur Trail Conditions Map

Similar Hike Links:
  Jim Ringland's photos with descriptions for Black Cone Loop - Part 1,  Part 2