Ascent of Cone Peak on 2017-04-29

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, April 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cone Peak
    Elevation:6800 ft / 2072 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the dirt parking area along side Morris Ranch Rd (just before the Cedar Springs Trailhead). Arrived at 6:15am and met Larry who spent the night at the trailhead. It was cold and windy. Temperature was 41; winds were constant at 15-20 mph. Sun had just risen so the first couple miles would be in the ridge shadow. Started hiking at 6:40am. went up the road a short distance to the Cedar Springs trailhead. Proceeded thru many gates along the trail. At approximately 1.1 miles, you hit the first of many switchbacks. The trail has a very good consistent grade. Took an easy conversation pace as this was a second straight day of hiking and was expecting over 11 miles today. Reached the top of the ridge, intersection with the PCT, at 2.4 miles in 1hr 40 min. Sun was upon us now but the winds were also much stronger on the exposed ridge. Proceeded north on the PCT. After a short distance you enter the 2013 Mountain fire burn area. This section of trail was recently reopened (since the fire). Noticed a lot of poodle dog along the trail (so beware). Trail was in great shape; there were a few sections that had been re-routed and therefore hasn't been established yet. At N33.67873 W116.59272, we left the PCT and went XC to Palm View Peak. Reached the high point, found the register among the rock cairn. Signed the register; obviously not too many people have signed since the fire. Larry replaced the register can as the lid had cracked (open holes). Due to the fire, there is now a view of the Coachella Valley below. Returned to the PCT via the same XC route. Continued north on the PCT a short ways. At N33.67859 W116.59525, headed down the ridge (south) towards Cone Peak. There are small ducks most of the way once past the meadow grasses. We helped with the ducks; building them bigger, standing them back up, adding new ones in between. When you reach a saddle (N33.67160 W116.59695), you can either follow the ducks up/over class 2-3 scrambling over the many rock outcroppings, or just stay elevation-level along the west side until just below the peak (class 1). The final few yards to the summit are class 2. There is a large drop off on the east side. The winds were howling (approx 30 mph; gusting to 45 mph). There is a sign post and a register. Great views. After soaking in the views and the wind, we dropped down just a short distance to eat lunch (and get out of the wind blast). Our original plan was to return the same route we came; however decided to try out HPS route 2 for the return (shortening the distance from 5.5 miles to 1.8 miles). The route was/is ducked however very overgrown. From a distance, it appears the vegetation is a monster bushwhack if even passible. When on the route, no bushwhacking needed, just navigation. Plus easier to go down versus trying to come up this overgrown route. This section was the first time I was able to not wear my wool hat, gloves, and wind breaker. Followed the HPS route 2 down. only trick was reaching a cattle yard at the bottom. Most the gates are locked; however there was one pair not but you go thru the cattle pen. Again, this would look much harder/difficult on an ascent this route. Continued on the dirt road, then the paved road. passed the Cedar Springs Trailhead and reached the vehicles about 12:50. Temp was 62; light wind; and enjoyed the sun. Celebrated the hike. Great hike; really enjoyed Cone Peak; want to go back when the winds aren't howling so I wouldn't have to worry about getting blown off ;)

Stats include Palm View Peak; and all breaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2447 ft / 745 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2447 ft / 745 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2393 ft / 729 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1499 ft / 457 m; Extra: 894 ft / 272m
    Loss on way in:894 ft / 272 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Cedar Springs Trail/ HPS Rte 1
    Start Trailhead:Morris Ranch Rd  5301 ft / 1615 m
    Time:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1553 ft / 473 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1499 ft / 457 m; Extra: 54 ft / 16m
    Gain on way out:54 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:HPS Rte 2
    End Trailhead:Morris Ranch Rd  5301 ft / 1615 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017 Palm Cone Peaks

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Palm View Peak2017-04-2941 ft / 12 m
2Cone Peak2017-04-292447 ft / 746 m
Total Trip Gain: 2488 ft / 758 m    Total Trip Loss: 2488 ft / 758 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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