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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
Route metrics & trail conditions 

  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. 

  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.

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

  • 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