Explore the most popular Camping trails in Ventana Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
icy
private property
6 days ago

Was there for a 3 day backpacking trip. Stopped in Espinoza camp first because I got off to a late start. The first half of the hike, to about Espinoza, is overlooking the ocean, with intermittent shade. The second half is back through the forest and much flatter and cooler. There's water running just past Espinoza and again about a 5 minute walk past Vicente Camp up Vicente Flat Trail. Vicente Camp is in a beautiful redwood grove and both Cone Peak and Vicente Flat are amazing hikes, depending on whether you want to see the ocean or the trees. Watch out for all the poison oak, I'm definitely glad I wore pants. There are even patches that are growing out onto the trail. There's one fallen tree right before Espinoza that you have to climb over. And there were a LOT of bugs. No mosquitoes or anything, but they were definitely annoying. Like others, I'd say this hike is more moderate than hard.

Was there for 2 days backpacking. From the trailhead on the way to camp there is a small stream to get water. Just past the camp toward Cone Peak there is another stream to get water. It’s about a 5 minute walk past the last camp at the flat. The creek through the campground is dry. Bring your anti-bug stuff because the flying critters are persistent. There is poison ivy but I wore shorts the whole and I’m fine. No fires allowed but it looks like folks have been ignoring the instructions.

Great trail. A lot of poison oak but avoidable if you’re careful. No water at Vicente as of October 2019 but if you continue on the trail for 5-10 minutes towards Cone Peak the river starts flowing again.

backpacking
29 days ago

Took this trail as a first section of a low mileage backpacking loop a few years back. Nice views and low traffic.

camping
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Just wrapped the full loop, starting at Kirk trailhead and going counterclockwise from Vicente Flat. Did a 4-day/3-night tromp. General notes as of this writing: • there is no water at Vicente Flats itself; you have to continue on the trail a stretch before you find it • a number of massive fallen trees on the path from Cone Peak to Trail Spring; you will need to climb and crawl to pass • there is little water at Trail Spring; you'll find some, but you have to look and you'd better have a filter • some overgrown bits, but not too bad • endless bugs from 10am to just past sunset Camp spot reviews: Day 1: Espinosa — great view and a solid stop if you start late from Kirk Camp like I did; especially nice if you have it to yourself Day 2: Cone Peak — not technically a backcountry campsite, likely due to the lack of water and the presence of a (closed) lookout, but clearly gets a lot of use. By the time I got there it was too late and I was too tired to continue, so I just camped out. Easily the best night of my stay. A billion stars at night and a sea of clouds below in morning. Beautiful. Day 3: Goat Camp — second-best spot. Again I had it to myself and took the ledge spot. It had a boulder-table, which is nice. Goat also has the best nearby water source of the camps.

Awesome great off road trail. For sure give your self time early in the day if you want to complete this trail before dark or plan to camp out up there for the night which has plenty of spots to choose from. We went here after completing the off road trail right before Bixby Creek Bridge. This trail can be completed by a SUV with stock ride height but just take it slow and be mindful where you approach some angles. To give you an idea my brother-in-law took his VW Tiguan with 19” summer tires and I was in my GX470. There are amazing sights that are breathtaking to take some photos once you’re up the hill/mountain terrain.

Ran this in about 6 hours or so. Once you break off the main trail to the forest road it’s HOT and exposed. Once you come back onto the trail heading up to the lookout on cone peak the flies were nasty and vicious! The way back was all downhill. I don’t recommend trying this in one push unless you’re experienced and bring a lot of good nutrition along with you. I had to refill my water sources in the creek at the campground on the way back. Took a nice little soak too! Gorgeous views all around. Lots of overgrown sections and poison ivy/oak. Get ready for a long day.

My first hike! This was a bunch of fun. The creek at the campground was dry and fires were banned. Would’ve been awesome with a nice fire. It wasn’t too chilly. The flies were plenty on the way, but breathe through your nose and you should be fine. No eaten bugs! I’d probably bring an umbrella as a trekking pole next time. There are a few spots with shade to rest on the way. The worst thing were the human feces near the rocks, super nasty and totally unnecessary. At least go off the trail. If you plan to make this trip, plan to clean up after yourself. We all know a bear didn’t leave that toilet paper. I’ll make this hike again. No question.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

You don’t have to do this hike to get to the top. There’s a dirt road that takes you to a parking lot 1 mile from the peak. You’re welcome.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

backpacking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Great trail with even better views. Saw a humpback breach early on. However, the swarming black flies made the hike almost unbearable.

heads up!! not sure what the trail is actually like! the road you can typically drive up to reach the trail head is closed!

leave as early as you can! aka, at least 7 am. its an amazing, fairly well maintained trail that brings ya views and a good sweat. Got pretty warm on the way down, but we were thankful we weren't just starting the hike at 11:30 am.

hiking
2 months ago

Pleasant moderate hike. It is very convenient if camping at Kirk Creek campground. View of ocean in the beginning of the trail is great.

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

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