Ascent of Ventana Double Cone on 2020-04-04

Climber: Michael Toffey

Date:Saturday, April 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ventana Double Cone
    Elevation:4853 ft / 1479 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: this route is only for those willing to suffer for summits.

2 night trip from “The Hoist” trailhead on Palo Colorado Rd. Followed long ridge rd up from the gate to the official trailhead. 1 concerned neighbor thought she should tell us the entire forest was closed but we assured her it was not much to her dismay. Hiked over Devils Peak and checked out what’s left of the comings cabin site before setting up camp on top of the Mtn at what is left of the Big Pines camp. No trace of any camp here and nearly all the pines in the area are burned down. 2nd day did a 20 mile out and back over Little Pines and out to Ventana Double Cone. Insane bushwhacking from Lone Pine Camp on. Had to crawl on my stomach underneath manzanita numerous times. Got tons of scrapes on my arms from all kinds of other brush and had tons of trouble following the route. Almost no trace of the old trail for most of this section. Began raining just before I reached the summit. Had absolutely no views in the storm but found lots of fun stuff in the registry box. Hiked back 10 miles to camp in rain that got progressively worse as I went. Rain continued all night with sustained 40mph winds and at 5am my buddy woke me up to say that his z packs tent had collapsed and flooded and the forecast showed the rain and the wind would not let up all day so we hiked out the last 10 miles of ridgeline back to Long Ridge Road while getting blasted by painful 40+mph wind and rain. This was the 3rd really bad storm we faired through in Ventana Wilderness in the past year and we were happy that this one at least didn’t include snow and ice.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10630 ft / 3240 m
    Round-Trip Distance:38.6 mi / 62.1 km
    Trailhead:-5777 ft / -1760 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael Toffey
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