TRAILBOUND WORKS

Vincent Flat
Overnighter

LOCATION // VINCENT FLAT
PHOTOS & WORDS // BRIAN BARNHART

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS // HANNAE SYD

We made the couple hour drive from Santa Cruz to the Vicente Flat Trailhead in Big Sur.  Ascending from Route 1 we were greeted by a steep incline and scents of wild sage wafting in the wind.  We were excited and grateful to be moving our feet while exploring a new trail. The fog kept us relatively cool while hauling our packs up the unshaded mountain side.  Eventually the fog line would burn off and we would be left to sweat.  Despite the short distance of the 5 miles to camp, a sense of adventure was flowing through us.  Rising from sea level and climbing our way towards our destination, we often stopped to admire the ocean behind us.  It blew our minds every time we glanced down at the waves. 

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We would eventually reach Vicente Flat where we set up camp. 

We were tucked in a redwood grove on the edge of a ridge line. Once again the fog rolled in, creating a peaceful yet mysterious setting.  Fires are permitted here, so I gathered some wood while Hannae cooked lentils and quinoa on the burner, adding her magic touch.  When you are in the woods all day, you feel that your meal was really earned, we enjoyed every bite.  We built a fire as darkness set in, and became temporarily hypnotized by the fog blowing in the wind through the limbs of the trees.  Vegan su2019mores were for desert and as we burned our marshmallows, I felt like a kid again camping with my family.  We fed the fire until we were too tired to stay up.  We watered it down and enjoyed a silent night of sleep in our tent.

A lazy morning followed with the redwood canopy slowing down the clock.

We filled our bottles in the stream, then packed up camp.  As expected the hike down was much easier.  The views were equally beautiful on the decent as the fog softened the rugged mountain before our eyes.  We made it back to the van by lunch time and had some food waiting in the cooler.  We were grateful for the time we dedicated to this trip, and were hesitant to leave such a place. For now we can only talk of the next trip with more miles and more nights within the mountains of Big Sur.  

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