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Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2024 8:56 pm
by sangeetkhalsa
Date Hiked: January 29, 2024
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked from Vicente Flat to the overlook on Cone Peak Road. The first section up the creek had many sections that were very brushy with occasionally large downed tree trunks where one loses sight of the tread. Someone has put a series of pink flagging through these tougher sections and I found them to be quite helpful, though having a map with GPS that I could consult was also key. The multiple creek crossings were sometimes not very evident and I definitely needed to look around, and do some route-finding, with occasional GPS consultation. Nothing insurmountable by any means though. Overall, the tread, where visible, was very good and evident. The deadfall and cryptic creek crossings were what made this section somewhat difficult. In the upper section, as you leave the creek and all the way up to the road, the tread was in great shape with no significant washouts. There was some minor shrub encroachment and a few small to mid-sized brushy trees had fallen across the trail as you get higher up, but easily navigated past with the tread always being visible. The water was flowing well and swiftly throughout the creek.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 6:01 pm
by driggsy
Date Hiked: January 13, 2024
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We did this section downhill from the fire road to Vicente Flat. It started ok, got a little worse, got a little better, then got worse again before hitting the creek. It is not as brushy as the summit trail, but has a few more (small) trees down.

Once you get beside Hare Creek, the brushiness mostly stops, but there are a number of trees down. Trail is kind of hard to follow, but not for long or if you have GPS. It's doable, but it won't be easy. Talked to some people who turned around while heading up, we never considered it but I think that was because we looped down it and had to continue in order to make it out.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2023 6:23 pm
by Eric_Hightower
Date Hiked: June 10, 2023
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I went up Cone Peak from the Kirk Creek Trailhead on 6/10/2023.

The trail has a bit of overgrown chamise in the first few miles that is about shin to knee high that wasn't too problematic but obscured the trail tread slightly and prevented easy running on the downhill. The trail tread was washed out beyond Vicente Flat until the climb out of the canyon. There was some flagging that was somewhat helpful. On the climb out of the canyon: there were a few branches of poison oak that I had to avoid and one tree that I had to crawl under with some poison oak that was uncomfortably close. The trail is getting overgrown once it reaches the summit before meeting Cone Peak Road. There's a chainlink fence that screams 'Wilderness' there to prevent anyone from easily cutting through the brush to the road. Brush is growing over the first quarter mile of the trail once it departs from Cone Peak road on the final few miles to the summit. There was some Ceanothus overgrowth that required crawling under just a bit before the junction with Gamboa/Stone Ridge Trail.

I started at 11:30 AM and returning to my car at 7:30 PM. I spent about 45 minutes on the summit. I stopped briefly to fill my 3 liter water reservoir about .5 miles beyond Vicente Flat. That was probably more than I needed, but YMMV.

I had a great time despite some of the brush. Definitely not as pristine as the trail was before the fire. A group I met at the top had a terrible time and hated it and said they would never come back unless the trail was maintained. I met another group that tried going down Stone Ridge Trail. They met a solo hiker who was now with their group who had pushed on beyond Trail Springs to try to get to Goat Camp and said it was so overgrown that it was dangerous. I do think it's funny that trails like that are open but PRT gets closed over a single slide.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Mon May 23, 2022 9:21 am
by driggsy
Date Hiked: May 22, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Similar to the Kirk Creek Trail, just getting brushier throughout the year. Still manageable for sure, and still gorgeous.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2021 3:28 pm
by darren
Date Hiked: December 10, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Hiked from Vicente Flat Camp to Cone Peak via this trail. I found it difficult to follow
the trail up the canyon streambed. A short distance above Vicente Flat Camp the trail bears right at the fork in the stream and follows the eastern leg of the stream up the canyon. As previously noted, it is very easy to miss this and you can easily find yourself heading off the trail and up the north leg of the stream. There are rock cairns and if you keep a close eye out for them it's passable. Right at the fork there is a small downed tree maybe six feet above the stream with a small cairn stacked on top. Pass under that and follow the cairns up the streambed. Squeeze under a large downed redwood. The stream is the last water before the Cone summit so load up. Once you leave the streambed the trail is steep but pretty well-defined. The Cone Peak Road is a walk in the park.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 11:44 am
by crockettonearth
Date Hiked: November 11, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

11/11/2021 Trail Conditions - trip report

This trail segment needs some work. It is yellow in condition color in my option.

Heading east from Vicenty Flat Camp the trail follows the creek bed. The creek forks and the trail continues up the south fork. This intersection is not clearly marked and it is easy to miss. Look for small stacks of rocks human-made marker rocks and follow them up the creek bed.

Fill water here is heading to cone peak summit. It's the last place for water on the route.

Once the trail leaves the creek trail conditions to get worse. This area experienced moderate fire and the crows of the redwoods are still alive. However, there is lots of deadfall and dead bushes blocking several segments of the trail.

Consider bringing a had saw and garden clippers to help clear the smaller burned brush from the trail.

The road is in good condition for hiking. Between this trail and the start of the Cone peak trail.

Link to the film of talk through: https://youtu.be/rZGdPfKtZhw

Link to photos of the trail from the trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xRJ9bpGmFdaZwZmd8

Link to map from GPS tracking of hike: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=15.3/- ... opo,natgeo

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:20 pm
by driggsy
Date Hiked: October 17, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail is a bit iffy but not too bad, definitely passable. Maybe a quarter mile after crossing the creek and leaving Vicente Flat, the trail begins to be a bit hard to follow. There are some small cairns in/along the creek (which has some water but is always easy to cross) so follow those, and eventually these will lead you to the trail that climbs up the left/north slope for a bit before following the creek more. Before rejoining the creek, there is a large redwood down that you must shimmy under. After crossing the creek one last time, you get onto a sometimes brushy trail that leads you out of Hare Canyon. Overall in decent condition, but could use some extra work after the amazing work of the trail crews to get it to this point.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:59 pm
by geoffvirtue
Date Hiked: September 26, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Took a small group through this area over the weekend. There were two large redwoods that fell after Dolan fire that need bandsaws to cut. One was 6 - 8 foot diameter and requires you to army crawl under it.

Vicente Flat to where the ridge climb begins needs flagging. The tread follows the river and there are some stone markers.

Once the climb begins out of the redwoods it is passable with the exception of two large downed redwoods which will require a very large bandsaw to cut (see comment above). For one, the only route was under, so be prepared to crawl and get dirty. Expecting a lot of deadfall will likely come down the ridge over the winter.

Once you climb out of the forest tread is clear, well maintained, and evident.

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:57 pm
by Harrison Heyl
Date Hiked: August 11, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Poison oak report: Not bad up to Vicente Flats Camp. After reading the 5/30/20 post, I was worried the poison oak might pose a hazard, so I wore long leg tights and a long-sleeve shirt on my ascent. But that was unnecessary, and I wore shorts and a short-sleeve shirt on my descent. However, two hikers I spoke to said ABOVE Vicente Flats Camp, the poison oak was quite thick and invasive on the trail.
Water report: The creek was dry at Vicente Flats Camp, but there was a spring in the creek bed near the bottom of the camp that was flowing nicely, providing plenty of water. There was also water flowing in the creek crossing the trail just past Espinosa Camp.
Campsite availability: Good on a Monday evening, 8/10/20. I arrived at Vicente Flats Camp about 4:15 p.m., and of the approximately dozen campsites, only one was taken. Several more were claimed after I arrived; the campground seemed about half full by nightfall. Espinosa Camp--with two campsites--appeared unoccupied by campers on my ascent and was unoccupied around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 8/11/20, on my descent.
Overall: Awesome experience among the redwood trees at Vicente Flats Camp and surveying the views of the Big Sur coast along the trail. I expect I'll be back!

Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:05 am
by rcmd8418
Date Hiked: July 12, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Camped at Vicente Flat and dayhiked to Cone Peak summit and back. Trail was clear and easy to follow, but with a decent amount of encroaching poison oak that was mostly avoidable with vigilant footwork. Creek was flowing nicely around Vicente Flat Camp, but after you leave the gully north of camp there was no more water through to the summit (pack plenty for the climb!).