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Leor, thanks for the map on Lost Valley and the connector. The connector is in great shape (by Los Padres standards); I'd say sections of the ridge trail or arroyo seco wore worse than the connector. Here is my strava route http://www.strava.com/activities/108971519.
Awesome Leor. What was the run up the "back" side of Cone like?
Brian, the north ridge of Cone Peak is pretty straightforward with stunning views and impressive cliffs on the east side. There are a couple spots where you can't stay on the rocky ridge crest so you drop down just on the west side. Much better as an ascent route.
Brian, the north ridge of Cone is a sweet route. Amazing views and very steep terrain on both sides, including some big cliffs on the east side. There are a couple spots where you have to come off the ridge crest and traverse just below on the west side.
David, great to see you out there and nice running. Great news on the Connector... I will definitely utilize next time I do Cone Peak via Memorial. Seems like the trail popped out right where the old road/trail intersects the firebreak? What made you turn around in Lost Valley? Seems like you were just about to make the largest meadow section.
It does connect near the junction of the old firebreak. Coming from the south on ridge trail you would need to look just a little up hill to see it. The second creek crossing in Lost Valley looked like a real mess, the trail work stopped at the camp grounds like you had said.
Thanks David! It looks like the crossing of Higgins Creek is just downstream from where you turned around. After that crossing it looks like another couple miles of meadows or open terrain. You've definitely got me interested in exploring Lost Valley.
Well done Leor. Looks like another good one.
David, are you on Facebook? There is a group page for Big Sur/Ventana adventures to help plan trips with others and come up with ideas.
Joey, next time instead of Junipero Serra I'll probably continue along Coast Ridge and drop into Lost Valley on the way back. I'll also cut out the Twin Peak traverse and just take the Cone Peak Trail down to Trail Spring after doing the North Ridge. Mileage will still be in the 30-32 mile range but quite a bit less elevation gain.
Well done! Nice vert
Wow, that IS a burly run!