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Wildflower hike: Vicente Flat

  • May 4, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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To say the wildflowers this year have been a disappointment might be a bit of an understatement. The Big Sur coast is one of the best areas to view flowers and I feel the Vicente Flat trail tops for diversity. I usually find at least a couple dozen types and this year does not disapoint. And if the flowers are not enough the views up and down the coast  are outstanding! The trail is 5 miles to the camp with less than 2000' of gain with a moderate grade.  We will have lunch a Vicente Flat camp under the shade of the redwoods before returning  by the same trail. If you have not done a wildflower hike this year or just want to enjoy one of the best, this one is for you. The trail is in great shape thanks to Mike Herd and the VWA!
This will be a moderate hike spending time to enjoy the flowers and views. There is however poison oak along the trail, approppriate clothing advised.
I will LEAVE Capitola at 7:00, it is at least 1 3/4 hour drive, plan to be gone all day! It's certainly an early start but worth it.
I will stop at the Rio Road park and ride ONLY if you say so in your RSVP.
Leaving Capitola 7:00, Rio Rd 7:45 arrive trailhead 8:46

Home by 6 or so.

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  • John

    Trail is in great shape. We saw over 50 kinds of flowers, they were peaking!

    May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you think they last for 2 more weeks?

      May 8, 2014

    • John

      They were at their peak last weekend but most should be ok except for the shade lovers that are drying out. The fields of lupin should be good.

      1 · May 8, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Yes, it was well marked and it is directly across the road (hwy 1) from Kirk Creek Campground. You can't miss it.

    May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Sue!

      May 8, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Best wildflower hike I've ever done!

    May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Been meaning to do it for years with John, but doesn't seem to happen. Was the trail easy to find? Or is it run over with vegetation and stuff. Thanks.

      May 5, 2014

  • Sue H.

    John,
    Not sure what you mean by the "signed lot." Can you pls clarify? Just want to be sure to be in the right spot! Thks, Sue

    May 3, 2014

    • John

      When you turn left off hwy 1 onto rio rd, there is a "sign" taht states "park and ride" just before the rio grill

      May 4, 2014

  • Justin C

    I'm sorry but I rolled my ankle today moving so I probably shouldn't hike tomorrow but have a great one.

    May 3, 2014

  • Andrea

    John, something came up for me, I will not be able to make it. Thanks for the invite, have fun!

    May 3, 2014

  • Sue H.

    I live in Monterey so would like to meet at Rio road at 7:45. Is that between BofA and Starbuck's? or at the park and ride?

    May 2, 2014

    • John

      At the signed lot across from the gas station

      May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, I can't spend all day down there. do you mind if I head back sooner depending on how fast we hike?

    April 29, 2014

    • John

      no problem

      April 30, 2014

  • Joe K.

    I love Kirk Creek area, but too far for me this time. The wildflowers @ Wilder Ranch were great last weekend. lotsa poppies, Lupines just starting to appear

    April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even out of shape I would have followed you here John, but a friend's kid's birthday has hosed more than one plans. One day I will see these wild flowers! Have a good one!

    April 29, 2014

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