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Black Cone Trail via Pine Ridge Trail 

Pine Ridge Trail, Black Cone Trail, Marble Peak Trail, Tony Trail, return

2023 update:  sadly, conditions continue to deterorate along the Black Cone Trail - this route is now only for the hardy looking for solitude and wonderful views [GPS with accurate GPS track strongly recommended]


Round Trip: 31 miles, 9300 ft.gain
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Overview:
  Attractions are narrow riparian canyons, ridgetops with views, large meadowed valleys, creeks, and rocky outcrops.  Seldom visited (and nowt 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 accurate GPS track to avoid need to search for trail - for current conditions see Local Trail Conditions Map
• 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:
  Local Trail Conditions Map
Big Sur hiking information  

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