1035. Cone Peak Sea-to-Sky (05/14/16)
Hikers (22): Adam, Alan, Brad, Chinyet, Christina, Christophe, Dong, George, Giulia, Iris F, Jane, Jeff, Jim, Karl, Kirk, Peter, Rob C, Sarbinder, Shuli, Steve, Tony, Xun L
Distance: 16 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 10 beauty
Park info: Limekiln State Park south of Big Sur
Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Adam, Brad, Chinyet, Dong, George, Giulia, Karl and Tony
Adam had sent me a note about this hike last year, and Cap'n Kirk went off and
did it a few weeks ago and came back reporting that "you gotta do this hike!".
George did some
and confirmed it was going to be a major
butt-kicker (6100 feet elevation gain over the first 6.5 miles, including
bushwacking and scrambling over boulders!), so off we went ...
This ain't the Alviso Slough
1, 2, 3 ... INCH!
Sea-To-Sky starts by touching the sea
Lots of warnings at the start, but Cap'n Kirk is not amused
Time to get the show on the road ... hard to believe 22 people showed up for this punishment!
It ain't gonna be all clover!
The endless climb begins ...
The Twitchell Elevator -- as painful going up as it is coming down
Karl knows he's got this -- Twin Peak coming up and Cone Peak in the background
But there's a lot more suffering to come first
There's 10 more hills after this one
Fighting through the brush, but getting closer to the top
Yay! Made it to Twin Peak under the watchful eye of Cap'n Kirk.
Gorgeous views looking back at the Pacific (if you like that sort of thing)
But it's not over yet -- Cone Peak awaits!
Scrambling across the saddle from Twin Peak to Cone Peak is an adventure
The longest quarter-mile ever!
Steve is a fashion faux pas, but he made great time to the summit
The ladies made it look easy
Don't take another step!
UG surveys the scene -- check out the torn pants
Karl says the brutal climb was worth it
It felt great to get the top and finally stop walking!
(It took me just under 5 hours, but I thought it was going to be harder so I was going at a super-slow pace even by my own sluggish standards -- gotta do better next time)
The INCH nurses helped us to recover by feeding us banana bread, dried pineapples, homemade jerky, and wine!
It seemed like a good place to hang out all day ...
... but we had to take the long, long, looooong (10 mile) downhill back to the sea
Nice waterfall on the way back came in very handy as I was out of water
Cooling my aching feet in the stream near the end
And then taking the plunge into the sea! Aaaahhhhhh!!!
George says I sweat a lot on the hike :)
There were many injuries on the day, from Shuli's sprained ankle to Christina's stab wound ...
... to Sarbi's chewed-up hand ...
... thanks to this guy!
(no, it wasn't a snake bite -- Sarbi tried to jump over him and landed badly, ending up face to face with the snake and thinking, "How YOU doin'?!")
INCH nurses checking newbie Rob for ticks (while eating chips)
Gorgeous Pacific sunset to end the day
Big thanks to all who sent me photos of this great hike. Unfortunately there are far too many to post them all, so I had to choose just a few. You can see most of them on Facebook or Google+.
Christina's 50th leaf
Christophe's 30th leaf
Rob C's 1st leaf
Shuli's 180th leaf
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