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This is probably one of my favorite hikes I’ve done. It’s definitely a workout, but very doable if you have the right gear and endurance for a 12 mile hike. We started out early (6am) and were happy we did as it got pretty hot in the afternoon. Took us 5 hours to summit (taking a fair amount of water breaks) and 3.5hours to come down. I would echo the recommendations for good hiking boots, tall socks (gaiters, if you have them), hiking poles, and 3L of water. The views at the top were really incredible and worth every step!

backpacking
19 hours ago

*As of August 10th, 2018 there was no water at the falls or next to the second Ojitos camp

Started at the coast in Limekiln State Park and followed the Twin Peak/Cone Peak Loop. Camped at the first Ojitos Camp which was definitely an adventure to get down. Poison oak everywhere, but never really that hard to get along the path without touching it. ~10-15 trees to climb over or under. Campground could fit up to 2-3 tents optimistically but a nice place to stay the night and no one around. Water disappears and reappears as you make your way to the falls along the creek bed (perhaps the coolest part of the hike), but falls were completely dry. It wasn’t too hard to get to the base of them (path off to the left), but we decided not to continue onwards.

Flies were prevalent anytime there was light in the sky, but after the sunset they disappeared almost immediately and they didn’t really bite, just wanted to climb up your nose. Mosquitos around only near twilight and early morning. Would definitely do again to check out the waterfall in the spring.

Great climb, great views, and overall great experience! The climb will test your endurance and potentially your route finding skills (although the snow is quickly melting).

I did it as a sunrise climb and it was well worth it!

Video: https://youtu.be/nQiuuwkJUkI

Great climb up to the top of Thielsen! The route is snow-free and tail is well-defined, basically up to the pinnacle.

For the summit pinnacle, head to the east face (right side) and look for a small gully. From the top of the gully, begin your accent on the far right and stay on that side for the entire scramble, shading slightly back to the south (left).

Not a terrible scramble if you're experienced, maybe class IV... if you don't have experience this one will scare the crap out of you due to its exposure.

Message me if you have questions! Cheers.

(Summit video: https://youtu.be/L9hKVbqGKtY )

hiking
22 hours ago

A nice climb up to the summit. The snow is almost completely absent from the trail at this point.

Like the previous report mentioned, there are a bunch of mosquitos, so be prepared. We also saw the same tracks in the snow, didn't realize they were mountain lions though.

Video of the summit: https://youtu.be/rdd75xw_Zbg

Great hike but really challenging! Need enough hydration to complete during summer.

Awesome hike! view was phenomenal! I think I'd prefer to do it with snow on the ground. It was a very toughugh hike with no snow. View is great the whole way up. Really hot once passed the tree line. Be sure to have your snacks, 3-5 liters of water, trekking poles, and sunscreen. Can get windy.

I had an amazing time backpacking this trail with my brother. Spent one night camping at Vicente Flats and a second night camping on Cone Peak. It’s not necessary to camp for 2 nights but it’s certainly worth it as the view of the Milky Way at night from the peak is breathtaking.

Lots of the trail is exposed to the sun and MUCH hotter than we expected from the weather report of Big Sur. This made it difficult for my dog, but not dangerous for her. Something to think about if you’re taking your furry friend.

Even in the middle of August there were water sources before Vicente and at. The creek bed in Vicente is dry but if you hike down it you will find water. Once you move beyond this point water becomes limited and there is absolutely none on the Cone Peak trail. I would suggest not hiking to the top unless you’re carrying at least a gallon per person and a little extra for your dog.

Overall this hike is incredible, Vicente Flats is breathtaking, and the views from Cone Peak are worth it. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike with amazing views. It was definitely the hardest hike I’ve ever done. Trekking poles are strongly recommended. The wind towards the summit can be extremely intense, so bring layers.

Tough footing, definitely recommend poles. Took me 3.5 hrs to summit and am pretty avid hiker. Breathtaking views of the other Sisters at summit along with about a dozen glacial lakes. Highly recommend this one!

hiking
2 days ago

With much anticipation we rose from our tent in Devils Campground to beautiful blue skies. This hike had been on our itinerary since spring so we had done a lot of research. Loaded with water, snacks, and extra layers we headed of on the 6 1/4 mile trail up. The first 2 miles gets your blood flowing as you moderately ascend through the woods. Couple miles in it flattens out into more of of high desert meadow scene which begins the parade of stunning views. At this point you don't know what the reviews of this being so hard are about. Around mile 4 you begin to realize whats in store as you can see the trail to the false summit steepens considerably. This particular day is also where the winds picked up and by the time we were up to the false summit it felt like we were in gale force winds. Taking shelter at the lake at the false summit we regained some warmth and adjusted to the elevation. The final leg of the journey up gets into some very loose footing and is quite cumbersome. Once at the top enjoy the views and sense of accomplishment. Though the trek down is almost as hard. Like most here recommend take hiking poles to help your footing. We were so thankful we did. Being that it was so cold we only drank half the water we took but could see on a hot day how you would need a lot. Overall we are glad we did this hike and will do it again. Albeit somewhat more prepared for the wind, cold and elevation. Take it slow and steady and you will get there too!

I had been thinking about this hike for around a year and was FINALLY able to do it (July 29th)! Camped at Devil’s Lake (USFS pass required to park- sold on site), left next morning around 8am. Really cold in the morning, wore two jackets and pants, but soon got too hot that I actually had to ditch one of my jackets in a bush and grab it later lol. Finished at false summit and refilled water bottles. Amazing views, ABSOLUTELY stunning. It can take a pretty big toll on you physically and mentally if you’re not well prepared. Next time I will definitely plan clothes-wise better (SHORTS, TALL SOCKS) and bring trekking poles, as well as a larger water bottle instead of bunches of plastic bottles. Oh, and sunscreen and bug repellent... I got severely burnt and legs DESTROYED in bug bites and forgot my sunscreen in the car!! Absolutely recommend if you’re prepared for it! I can’t wait to do it again, but better prepared next time!

backpacking
3 days ago

Just finished this trail as an overnight backpacking trip. Would rather recommend doing this in the spring or fall. Summer’s too hot and the trail’s mostly exposed. Bring lots of sunblock. Creeks we’re running and got to filter some water. Stayed at Vicente Flats for the night. This is definitely a butt-kicker with a pack. Could be done as a day hike but start early.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing views, but definitely physically and mentally testing! I hiked this last week and brought 3 L of water, but was wishing that I had brought more by the end. Hiking poles were very helpful especially on the fairly steep descent. I would highly recommend bringing those as well as some decent hiking shoes. I consider myself to be in decent shape and hike quite frequently, so this trail was a good workout and I would definitely do it again. If you’re going just make sure to be well prepared with equipment, food, and water and make sure to pace yourself. Highly recommend this hike!!

It was the perfect weather, the smoke had cleared, and conditions were ideal!
The first part of the hike is pretty easy, up to the point where you intersect with the PCT.
Then the real elevation gain starts and it gets pretty tenuous on the loose rocks.
The climb to the summit is easy climbing, and we did it with minimal trad gear- I placed one piece of pro about 50’ up and there are plenty of places to anchor at the top.
Views are phenomenal, and exposure is significant but not crazy.
Rappelling off needs a 60 plus meter rope to get all the way to the base of the climb.
Super loose scree slope the way we went down which was fun in some places, and treacherous in others. Recommend ankle high boots or ankle gaiters to keep the rocks out.

Drove up to do this trail today and the road was closed due to the Hendrix Fire

Great hike on family vacation. Amazing views
Great workout

Beautiful walk through burned forest, amazing views from the top. PCT was easy hiking in and not overly crowded.

trail running
7 days ago

Super secluded so you’ll probably have the trail to yourself. Totally worth the drive up the mountain to the trail head. Some seriously cool spots along this trail.

Wow! Cannot recommend this enough for people. The view at the summit is so worth it. The trail is well defined for most of it but the rocky/sandy terrain makes for difficult climbing. Definitely wear a helmet and don’t climb alone, rock falls aren’t uncommon. I did it in two days (hiked about three miles to base camp the first day, then woke up at midnight and started hiking to reach the summit around 6AM). Sun protection is so important for this and make sure you bundle up - even though there’s not much snow on this trail, it is freezing once you near the summit, especially if you’re hiking at night. If you’re not experienced with hiking or climbing then I also recommend getting a guide for this. This hike is totally worth the effort and the views are so rewarding. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

backpacking
10 days ago

We backpacked this 3 years ago in August & it was amazing. About 1.5 miles from the base is Lake Morraine (sp?) - campsites are up the hill to the right from the lake. We used a bear bag and I’m glad we did, we definitely heard critters at night and our dog barked a few times due to hearing something.

The hike to the top itself is challenging but doable (we did it in sneakers, although wouldn’t recommend this). About a mile from the top there’s a false peak where you can jump into a glacier to cool off before doing the hardest part of the hike. Pretty much every step you take on the last mile your feet slide back due to the lava rocks & pebbles so I recommend wearing appropriate footwear that helps with stability & covers the ankles so you don’t end up with tons of rocks in your shoes (speaking from experience). If you’re taking your pup, make sure he/she has shoes too, the rocks would shred their paws without them.

The views from the top are breathtaking on a clear day. You can literally see all the way to Mt. Hood. Highly recommend.

Also, on the way down, be careful on the rocks past the false peak - very easy to slip & fall without proper stability.

fishing
10 days ago

The reviews aren't wrong. This hike is definitely worth it, but man, it is straight uphill. Make sure to bring a lot of water. My buddy and I brought a gallon + two pints between the two of us and nearly ran out by the time we got to the lake. Not an easy hike.

We also got pretty damn close to two black bears on our way back which was a bit scary. All in all certainly worth it though. Gorgeous lake.

A note on fishing: as the hike is pretty strenuous I thought the fishing would be good (thought the difficulty would deter others). It wasn't terrible fishing but it also wasn't better than mediocre. Fish were pretty small and we only got a few bites in four hours on the water. The lake is also super hard to get around which confines you to only a couple fishing spots on one end of the lake.

on South Sister Trail

hiking
11 days ago

If you're looking for an inexperienced hiker review, this is definitely the one! I'm 15 years old and consider to be in pretty good shape. I have never really hiked something so big like this before! Bring a good pair of hiking shoes, plenty of water, and energy bars! We did not bring poles and that was a huge mistake! We started at 6:00 am and the bugs were terrible (bring bug spray!!!). The hike to the false summit was not that bad, but the mile to the summit was crazy and super rocky and took an hour and a half. We reached the summit around 10:00 am (4 hrs). The views were definitely worth it! Spent around 15 min up there and made the way down. It was super slippery and rocky and definitely change your socks before going down! We made it back to the parking lot around 1:30 pm (around 2 hrs) and the entire trip took us roughly 6 hrs. It's not technical, but it's very demanding!

this thing just kicked my ass. I'm not in great shape but was able to do it, but hardest hike I've ever done period!

hiking
11 days ago

Extraordinary hike which will keep your heart rate elevated for a couple hours. Trail leads you through breathtaking scenery and a variety of terrain. From woodland, through intimate shrubbery to dirt packed mountain and last but the least the last stretch up the big boulder climb only for the bold. Peak at 4k elevation offers a spectacular 360 view into the valleys and blue lakes. Inspired by the view you will find a green ammo box at peak where you can leave the deepest of your thoughts only to be read by those who conquer the Pyramid. Heading down do not let your guard down the boulders are unforgiving. Kicking up dust while hiking back to your car, ham strings, calf’s and glutes begin to anticipate the comfort of your car seats. Driving home exhausted but still alive you will be feeling a sense of accomplishment because you just conquered a difficult trail! Have fun and stay safe fellow hikers.

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked Aug 2: Well marked trail, very steep. Had just rained and we were unprepared for getting very wet from leaves. Lots of blowdown so u will be climbing over trees. Didn’t make it to Kinzel Lake and we were rewarded with beautiful views on the way down because it cleared up. Lots of unusual nature surprises keep your eyes open for the rock that looks like a buffalo, the tree that looks like a big bad wolf and another tree that looks like a duck

Great hike with no mosquitoes in August. Over 10 mi rt. All Trails map helpful as trail splits a couple of times. Just keep climbing to 360 degree views of Cascades and West Cascades. You take Tumble Ridge Trail up to Dome Rock Trail. Worth it.

Difficult but fun! Wear a helmet! Lots of rocks!

Super tough hike. Totally worth it though, I almost made it to the summit but I was by myself with no climbing gear. The worst part was going down the huge decline with a lot of loose rocks and pebbles. I would DEFINITELY recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear!!

hiking
13 days ago

Not bad, mainly strenuous on the way back. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, and bug spray.

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