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

plantsniffer

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

Post by plantsniffer »

Date Hiked: May 30, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp is mildly brushy but with good tread and no significant obstacles. There is a lot of poison oak mixed in with the patches of brush, even a few vines of it hanging at face height. There is no way to completely avoid getting brushed by the poison oak, so bring shears with you (I wish we had) or cover your body and pack while hiking.

There are a few stream crossings but simple enough if you cross with care. There is a good creek flow down at Vicente Flat Camp.
matthewmellea

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

Post by matthewmellea »

Date Hiked: May 9, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail clear and easy to follow from Cone Peak Rd to Vincente Flat Trail. Several stream crossings and some places where the trail splits and then recombines, but none large enough to really set you off track. A little bit of encroaching poison oak that will probably get worse as summer comes into full swing.
emlennon
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Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Post by emlennon »

Date Hiked: December 30, 2018
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The trail is in great shape! Super easy to follow, plenty of water, no fallen trees.
MN86

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

Post by MN86 »

Date Hiked: August 12, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail was very clear with the exception of some poison oak encroaching on the trail here and there. Water is flowing about 1/2 mile above Vicente Flat Camp, and then the last chance to refill is about a mile past that, at the top of some steep switchbacks that take you out of the canyon. Lots of tread and easy to follow.
rt1
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Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Post by rt1 »

Date Hiked: July 14, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This trail is in good condition with nothing that needs to be climbed over or crawled under. If it weren't for the knee high poison oak in places, which is basically the Ventana standard, I'd be comfortable doing it in shorts. We clipped most of the higher poison oak vines and branches that could whack you in the face or get hung up on your pack.

This trail can be steep in places, but the tread is in great condition.
cel
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Re: Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

Post by cel »

Date Hiked: April 23, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Starting at Cone Peak Road, the corridor through the tall ceanothus is in great condition, with no regrowth or downed shrubs across the trail. Overhanging shrubs provided welcome shade in the afternoon. Downed trees were absent while poison oak was light as the trail switchbacked down to Hare Creek. Around halfway through the switchbacks, we spied Vicente Falls flowing down the opposite canyon. When I last hiked this trail in November, a massive downed redwood on the canyon floor posed a tedious obstacle. Since then a new route has been defined around this tree, and it didn't pose a problem on this trip. Stream crossings were straightforward and most didn't take much thought. Hare Creek was flowing vigorously and only went briefly below-ground near the Kirk Creek/Stone Ridge trail junction.
wombat_attack

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

Post by wombat_attack »

Date Hiked: November 12, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Lots of water in the creek near Vicente flat even though we've only had one rain this season. No problems crossing it though. Trail is clear with intermittent poison oak, but didn't have to do any acrobatics to avoid it even with a 40lb backpack.
Maya7

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

Post by Maya7 »

Date Hiked: June 24, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Once on the climb to Cone Peak from Vincente the oak diminished, though was present and the leaves already turning red. Trail out from Vincente to Stone Ck (long way to Cone Pk) was overgrown with poison oak and I turned back. I had Vincente all to myself 6/25! Very few people in the area on a Sunday. Lots of amazing young animal noises all night and tons of stellar jays! Happy hiking!
VWA Admin
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Re: Vicente Flat Trail

Post by VWA Admin »

Date Hiked: April 11, 2017
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

From a report submitted by pantilat on Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:32 pm describing conditions on the Vicente Flat Trail:

"After Vicente Flat most of the problem spots are near the creek crossings where some erosion has taken place and trees have fallen into the creek over where you would normally cross. However, the lack of brush (including lack of encroaching poison oak) and absence of significant erosion/slipouts means that this trail is mostly Clear and I didn't feel the few issues necessitated a downgrade to Passable. Spring wildflowers are out in force along the first 2.6 miles with a great variety of flowers.

Note regarding Vicente Falls: Winter storms have rearranged the stream bed and log jams in the canyon with many new blow downs over adjacent slopes. The high water volume also cleared out the base of the falls from debris and vegetation that had accumulated over the years leaving a cleaner base area and (shallow) plunge pool which, in my opinion, makes the falls prettier. At least for now while stream volume is high (and the falls most impressive), wet feet are necessary. Bits and pieces of use path are still evident, but one should consider this entirely off-trail with some creek walking, poison oak and maneuvering through blow downs."
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Vicente Flat Trail (Cone Peak Road to Vicente Flat Camp)

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Submit trail reports for the Vicente Flat Trail here. Please note- Vicente Flat connects Cone Peak Road with Vicente Flat Camp; it should not be confused with Kirk Creek Trail, which connects Vicente Flat Camp with Highway 1. Cone Peak Road may be seasonally closed. Call the Monterey Ranger District to inquire- 831-385-5434.

* USFS Trail #4E13
* Parking: Cone Peak Road
* Watershed: Hare Canyon Fork of Limekiln Creek
* Junctions: Stone Ridge Trail, Kirk Creek Trail
* Connects: Cone Peak Road with Kirk Creek Trail at Vicente Flat Camp
* Camps: Vicente Flat Camp
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