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Kirk Creek/Vicente Flat Trail

Kirk Creek/Vicente Flat Trail

Location: Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County, CA
Miles: 10 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 – 2 days
Users: Hikers, dogs , and horses permitted. No mountain bikes. No wheelchair access.


Photo source: Hiking With Dave Blog


The trail begins with a fairly aggressive uphill climb as you go up the coastal ridge. It then turns toward the east and is above the Hare Canyon. Eventually, the trail levels out before you reach the wonderful Vicente Flat campground.

Parking in the area is free and the first thing that you will notice is the sign that seems to be misspelled. When you face the sign you will see the trail heading up directly to your left. The best ocean views are found during the first couple of miles of the hike.

The trail is located on the eastern side of Highway 1. It is directly across from the Kirk Creek Campground, where you can also find restrooms, which are located just north of the sign for the campground.


The Vicente Flat Trail will provide you with a modest workout that will indulge all of your senses. On this trail you will find canyon and mountain panoramas, a vast ocean, and of course oak, bay trees, and redwood forests. This is strictly a hiking trail and no bikes are allowed. Dogs are welcome, but make sure that you clean up after them.

Top 3 Adventure Hacks

1) Set camp

Instead of bringing a tent, why don’t you set up a camping hammock! It’s much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground.

2) Watch out for poison oak

Wear pants to avoid getting poisoned! Always wear something comfortable when you go on a hike.

3) Bring Snacks and Drinks

You could munch on some trail mix while on your hike. Be sue you have plenty of water to keep you hydrated!

I'm David Aston, Founding Nomad of AdventureHacks, Inc. My mission is to inspire adventure on the ground, in the water and through the air. If I also happen to inspire you to purchase gear, my team and I plant a tree in its native environment for every order.

  • Surprised I haven’t been here yet. Thanks for the heads up!

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