Vicente Flat Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness. It is 7.0 miles long and begins at 190 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 8,788 feet. The 19.0 information guidepost and the Kirk Creek Campground (elevation 194 feet) camp site are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and parking. The Espinosa Camp site can be seen along the trail. There is also an information guidepost along the trail.
Vicente Flat Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Extreme topography defines the coastal flanks of Cone Peak, where soaring ridges and chasmic valleys crease the mountainside. The area is also known for its exceptional biodiversity, from wildflowerpainted grasslands to yucca-studded chaparral, fluttering oak woodland to towering old-growth redwood forest. And don’t forget the sweeping ocean views, which look out for miles across a glittering aquamarine sea."
--Matt Heid, 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press).
"Vicente Flat is a large, beautiful camp on the banks of Hare Canyon Creek in the Ventana Wilderness. The camp sits in a grove of majestic old-growth redwoods and a sunny meadow the size of a football field. The Vicente Flat Trail (also known as the Kirk Creek Trail) is one of the most scenic and diverse hikes in the Ventana Wilderness. Along the route are sweeping views from the ocean to Cone Peak as well as deep, forested canyons."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books).
"The Vicente Flat Trail descends 7.7 miles from Cone Peak Road to Highway 1. You can approach the trail as either an out-and-back or point-to-point hike. If you can arrange a shuttle vehicle, start from Cone Peak Road. This downhill route offers tremendous views of the coast, the sheer canyon, redwoods, and rolling golden savannas. The 4.8-mile out-and-back to Vicente Flat Camp is an excellent day hike or weekend trip."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
"Vicente Flat is a spacious camp with a large, verdant meadow along the banks of Hare Canyon Creek. Campsites line the serene streamside glade under a canopy of majestic redwoods. The well-graded Vicente Flat Trail travels from its upper east end at Cone Peak Road and descends 7.4 miles to Kirk Creek Campground along Highway 1 . This hike takes in the first 2.3 miles to Vicente Camp. The path drops into wooded Hare Canyon, with exceptional views down the 3,000-foot deep canyon to the sea. The downhill path parallels Hare Canyon Creek beneath the shade of massive redwoods."
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