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Ascent of Cone Peak on 1994-04-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, April 30, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cone Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6800 ft / 2072 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cone Peak is the prominent rock on a ridge about a mile west and slightly lower than the ridge known as the Desert Divide. The starting point for climbing Cone Peak is in the small community of cabins at the end of Morris Ranch Road on the east side of Garner Valley. Morris Ranch Road is on highway 74 , 3.8 mi. north of the junction of highway 371 and 74. Heading east on the paved Morris Ranch Road travel 4.0 mi. to a group of cabins and turn right on Fir St. This road goes up a steep hill, drops a short distance, and then ends by a white fence. Start the hike here by passing through a gate and then follow a trail east into a wooded canyon. About a half mile up the canyon turn left making a switchback by a spring. The trail then angles up the slope through the chararral to a ridge where it intersects a better trail coming up from the left. Follow this trail over bump 6684 ft. and then follow the ridge to the rocky summit of Cone Peak visible ahead. The trail has been cleared of brush fairly well. Hiking time via this route is about 2 1/2 hours roundtrip. The Peak can be reached by hiking south from the Pacific Crest Trail in the vicinity of Palm View Peak. The Hundred Peaks Section, Peaks Guide provides a more complete description of these two routes than can be done here.
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