One of the Cone Manor Estate’s more travelled trails, whether on foot or horseback, is The Maze. Perhaps it is popular for its relative tranquility among tall trees, but it might also be because there are so many switchbacks you might catch yourself coming and going. We start at the upper parking area along U.S. 321, located just east of the entrance road to Bass Lake. Go through the old iron gate until it dead-ends, then go right. Your path will take you alongside of Bass Lake where at the right time of year and day you will experience extreme tranquility — and maybe see the changing autumn colors of the trees on the far side reflected in the glass-like water of the lake. Don’t forget to look up. Up a little further, and over to the left. There you go…the grand old lady of the high country herself is perched near the ridgetop: Flat Top Manor, the centerpiece of the Cone Manor Estate.
When you get through taking in the beauty and serenity of the lake, go across the dam and make an immediate hard right. Now you are on The Maze trail. It will take you around and around and around. When you finally get to the old Apple Barn, you’ll go just a little further and then you’ll turn left at the trail intersection to go back down to the lake and across the dam for your finishing walk.
Distance: 3.69 miles
Elevation Gain: 361 ft.
Elevation Loss: 366 ft.
Minimum Elevation: 3,564 ft.
Maximum Elevation: 3,764 ft.
- Male, Age: 63
- Ht., Wgt.: 5’10”, 255 lbs.
- Elapsed Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
- Average Moving Pace: 21 mins., 46 seconds per mile
Sights Along the Way