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

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

Postby crockettonearth on Fri Nov 12, 2021 11:44 am

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

Postby driggsy on Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:20 pm

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

Postby geoffvirtue on Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:59 pm

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

Postby Harrison Heyl on Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:57 pm

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

Postby rcmd8418 on Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:05 am

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

Postby plantsniffer on Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:21 pm

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

Postby matthewmellea on Thu May 16, 2019 12:01 pm

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

Postby emlennon on Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:18 am

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

Postby MN86 on Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:59 am

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

Postby rt1 on Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:28 pm

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.
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