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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby Bill Waycott on Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:31 pm

Date Hiked: May 26, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

My wife and I hiked from the Hwy 1 Cruikshank trailhead to Alder Camp via Upper Cruikshank Camp and back. As reported on March 16, 2014 the portion of Buckeye trail from Upper Cruikshank Camp to Alder Camp "is clear save for a few minor blowdowns and some loose/eroded tread. Poison oak is encroaching and difficult to avoid in spots, especially on the descent to the crossing of Alder Creek about 1/2 mile below Alder Camp."
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Buckeye Trail

Postby jbl on Sun May 18, 2014 6:56 am

Date Hiked: May 17, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

4 of us and a dog hiked the Buckeye Trail from Cruikshank Camp to the Soda Springs Trail, the trail has a lot of erosion and up and down diversion due to slumping and sliding and is downright difficult on some of the steeper sidehills because it angles outward with loose gravel; one of us slid 15 feet down the side at one point; also, I've never seen this much PO on this trail in 10" years of hiking it

Section: Cruikshank Camp to divide to south of Redwood Gulch: this portion is in the best shape, but PO encroachment was pretty heavy
Section: divide to south of Redwood Gulch to Buckeye Camp: lots of erosion where this crosses steep grassy sidehills
Section: Buckeye Camp to Soda Springs Trail: Extreme PO encroachment, many, many sections were tread has deteriorated whether due to erosion, slumping or sliding, diversions to downhill side to avoid uphill encroaching brush etc., backpackers should be pretty cautious through this section
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby pantilat on Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:20 pm

Date Hiked: March 16, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

In my opinion the Buckeye Trail is the highlight trail of the Silver Peak Wilderness region, especially if you're looking for outstanding coastal vistas.

South part: As March 16th, the Buckeye Trail is clear from Salmon Creek to Upper Cruikshank Camp. There a few spots where the tread has eroded and poison oak is encroaching. Water is flowing in Soda Spring Creek, Buckeye Camp Spring, and Redwood Gulch.

North part: As of February 23rd, the stretch from Upper Cruikshank Camp to Alder Camp is also clear save for a few minor blowdowns and some loose/eroded tread. Poison oak is encroaching and difficult to avoid spots, especially on the descent to the crossing of Alder Creek about 1/2 mile below Alder Camp. Fascinating to go from redwood-filled Villa Creek Canyon to the Douglas Firs and Alders predominant in Alder Creek Canyon.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby kgriffith99 on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:11 pm

Date Hiked: January 25, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is narrow but well-defined and easy to follow all the way from Cruickshank to Salmon Creek trails. There has been some excellent and recent trailwork completed near the trailhead at Salmon Creek - very wide and clear. Buckeye camp was delightful as usual, with water flowing slowly from the pipe there. If you are heading towards Cruickshank, the trail gets confusing at Buckeye camp and seems to split in three directions - hard left, straight, and slight right. The hard left is the correct answer, and you will cross a wire fence within 50-100 yards of camp. The middle trail follows the fence and then peters out; the trail to the right takes you up the ridge line and then ends.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby Dave Taylor on Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:51 pm

Date Hiked: January 25, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Date Hiked: January 25, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The following trail report is for the section of Buckeye from Upper Cruikshank to Alder Creek. Reliable water sources are located 100 yards north of Upper Cruikshant, 1/4 mile from Cruikshank, Villa Camp, 1/2 mile south of Alder Creek and Alder Creek Camp. With few exceptions, the trail was clear from encroaching brush. In a few areas north of Villa Camp, the trail is loose and will be washed out in the first heavy rain.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:35 pm

Date Hiked: November 9, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Six of us went to the Silverpeak Wilderness today to work on the Cruikshank Trail, but at the last minute we change our Itinerary. We ended up at the Soda Springs Trailhead to clear what we thought would be an overgrown trail. To our surprise, the Fire Crews had been here, making the Soda Springs Trail a Wilderness Freeway at this time. Thus we hiked to the Buckeye Junction to start working on some trail repair.

We only made it as far as Soda Spring Creek for this report.

Conditions are as follows:

Salmon Creek Ranger Station to Soda Springs Junction. Wilderness Freeway. Cleared by Fire Crews.

Soda Springs Junction, we completely brushed the next 150 yards, making it a Wilderness Freeway again.

From there to soda Springs Creek we repaired many slides, cut out a few trees and restored many sections of tread making the trail much safer on the bottom end at least.

There is still plenty of work to do on this trail for the next several miles to Upper Cruikshank Camp, but it is at least a start.

It was a beautiful day for trailwork. high clouds, cool breeze and great views.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby Jonathan on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:43 pm

Date Hiked: September 2, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We hiked this trail as part of a clockwise Buckeye/Cruickshank/Salmon Creek Loop, from the southern trailhead to Villa Creek. At the southern trailhead by the abandoned ranger station there's a guy who appears to be living out of his beat up car at the parking area (We saw him again two days later in the same place). Looked a little sketchy so we took down his license plate # in case of problems later on but there were none. The trail begins by climbing steeply through mostly exposed areas. We met one group of 6 day hikers a quarter mile up but saw NOBODY else for the next 2 days. The trail is generally poorly graded, and becomes quite steep and narrow in the vicinity of Soda Springs Creek (Clear pools) and is somewhat eroded. These conditions persist on to Buckeye Camp, which has a clear-flowing spring with a pvc-pipe hose. The camp is quite pleasant with few bugs and is surrounded by Oak, Buckeye, Bay, and Pine trees. We did not filter the water and it tasted great. Ate lunch at the picnic table beneath a large bay tree and noticed rather extensive (Salinan?) middens around camp, with several kinds of shells. Seems that this camp has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It took a half-hour to find the trail again, as there are numerous trails departing from camp in every direction. THE CORRECT TRAIL DEPARTS TO THE LEFT (west) MIDWAY BETWEEN THE SPRING CROSSING (BY THE SIGNS) AND THE PICNIC TABLE. LOWER BUCKEYE CAMP IS IN 50-100 YARDS. Continuing on, the trail is in very poor shape, poorly graded, and badly eroded. It is easy to follow, however. From the ridge, the trail descends through forest 1+ miles to the junction with Cruickshank Trail, and the two coincide for 1/10 of a mile towards the west, until Cruickshank Camp. Redwoods appear around here. We took a right turn down towards Villa Creek to stay on Buckeye Trail. A vigorous spring sits just above the trail 100 feet down the trail; again no need to filter. The trail then descends steeply to cross Villa Creek, which has a great flow and is definitely perennial. About a quarter mile later, a spur trail descend down to the left to Villa Creek Camp, which is rather small but is nestled under redwoods just above the creek and has a partly intact table and fire pit, all in all a very nice camp for a hot summer's day. Splashing in the creek was very refreshing after such a long hike! :D
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby jayhardy on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:22 pm

Date Hiked: August 12, 2013
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Beautiful views of ocean and mountains. Campsite is spacious and well maintained. HOWEVER, there are many washouts on this steep trail that hugs the cliff. Very dangerous. This trail in badly in need of some maintenance!
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby khammer8280 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:03 am

Date Hiked: March 10, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

buckeye trail from salmon creek ranger station to cruickshank trail:
trail is generally clear. lots of encroaching poison oak from the ranger station to the soda springs trail junction. water flowing from the spring at buckeye camp. tricky to find the trail coming out of buckeye camp, there's an old sign marking the trail at the low end of this camp.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby RCreek on Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:30 am

Date Hiked: January 17, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked between junction with Cruickshank and the Trailhead at Salmon Creek Station. Trail was easy to follow, though very steep and eroded at the uppper end after passing over the saddle heading south. Buckeye Camp was excellent with plenty of water.
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