Photo Tribute: Cone Peak in Big Sur

Exploring the King of the Big Sur Coast

Ways to Do this Hike

  • 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.

Flora & Fauna — Winter & Spring 2022

(1) California poppies dot the hillside on the Vicente Flat Trail (2) Coast Indian paintbrush (3) California Buckeye seedling
(1) Sticky monkey-flower & silver lupine (2) Chaparral yucca (3) Paintbrush varietal & American lady caterpillar
(1) Endemic Santa Lucia Fir below Cone Peak (2) California redwood along Vicente Creek
California redwoods along the upper section of Vicente Creek
(1) Western diamondback rattlesnake (2) California garter snake
Alligator lizard (sub-species unknown)

Views & Vistas — Winter & Spring 2022

The views south & north (respectively) along the Kirk Creek Trail
(1) The view north along the Kirk Creek Trail (2) Late afternoon light on Cone Peak
(1) Heavy marine layer looking south from the Vicente Flat Trail (2) Cone Peak from the last stretch of the Vicente Flat Trail before Cone Peak Road
(1) The view northwest from the Cone Peak summit (2) Kandlbinder, the “Window” and Ventana Double Cone to the north from the summit
Golden hour & sunset along the Kirk Creek Trail



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David Yocom

San Francisco-Based | Venture Capital at iSelect Fund | Venture for America | Aspiring Outdoorsman | Future of Food & Nutrition | Mediocre Guitarist | Fitness |