Photo Tribute: Cone Peak in Big Sur
Exploring the King of the Big Sur Coast
Ways to Do this Hike
This year (2022) was my first time exploring the area surrounding Cone Peak, first as an overnight on the ridge at Cone Peak Road and the second as a 24 mile day trip. There are three main routes to climb the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous US:
- 1) the Kirk Creek / Vicente Flat Trails beginning at Kirk Creek Campground
- 2) the Stone Ridge Trail, which begins just north of Limekiln State Park
- 3) the Carrizo Trail, which begins from Milpitas Road in the east. To date, I have only approached Cone Peak via the Kirk Creek / Vicente Flat Trails, but have heard good reports of the other approaches which aren’t as well trodden.
Cone Peak is a pretty well-documented trek, so I don’t feel the need to do a full write-up on this one, but will link out to some resources that I have found helpful in the past:
- All Trails Link to Cone Peak via the Kirk Creek / Vicente Flat Trail
- All Trails Link to Cone Peak via the Carrizo Trail
- Big Sur Trail Map Link to Cone Peak via Stone Ridge
My main takeaway from exploring this area was that Cone Peak hosts an incredibly special diversity of plants, animals, geography, and oceans vistas. My hope is to continue to return year after year and see what new friends I can spot, and add them here!