DHS Sep 8, 2018

Pico Blanco

"Pico Blanco, Spanish for "White Peak," is perhaps the most distinctive and immediately recognisable peak in central California's Big Sur region. It is located at the far northwestern end of Los Padres National Forest, a few miles south of Monterey, and splits the north and south forks of the Little Sur River. The peak is the prominent white limestone/marble cone seen from the Ventana Trail leading to Ventana Double Cone, as well as nearby Post Summit. " - summitpost.org

"The Granite Rock Co. of Watsonville bought Pico in the late 1950s with the intention of mining the top of the mountain for limestone, a critical ingredient in concrete (Pico Blanco is said to be the largest single mass of limestone on the West Coast). The firm's plans, which encompassed lopping off the top several hundred feet of the mountain, were quashed in the 1970s by environmental group lawsuits that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Regardless, Granite Rock still owns the peak; anyone treading on it is trespassing." - ventanawild.org

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Pico Blanco by Simon Bull

I was told that I needed to do trespassing a private land but didn't expect this …
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I think the plant is buckwheat, which can survive in dry climate, and is seen along the trial.
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The last view of the peak
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