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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby RSI SamE on Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:55 pm

Date Hiked: October 28, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Buckeye Trail
Twixt trail head
And Soda Springs Trail junction
• Trail: Passable
• People: 0
• Note 1: Poison oak on trail.
• Note 2: Trail is steep and exposed.

Buckeye Trail
Twixt Soda Springs Trail junction
And Upper Cruikshank Camp
• Trail: Passable
• People: 8
• Signage: Discrepancy at Cruikshank Camp, two signs respectively list 2.5 and 3 miles to Buckeye Camp. But what’s an extra half mile, really?
• Note 1: Trail narrow, but in good condition.
• Note 2: Poison oak on trail.
• Note 3: Trails out of Buckeye are near the eucalyptus grove and at the ocean end of meadow opposite said grove.
• Note 4: Midden mounds and invasives at Buckeye camp, more than one culture has called this camp home. Concrete spring box, periwinkle, calla lily, and eucalyptus…
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby Hillary on Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:26 pm

Date Hiked: November 5, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)


Did the Salmon Creek Trail - Cruikshank Trail - Buckeye Trail loop this weekend. Didn't have any problems keeping the trail though it is overgrown in some spots. Long pants recommended. There was a little bit of water along the way, but not much.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:16 am

Date Hiked: October 28, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: Soda Springs Junction to Cruickshank Trail

Trail gets quite narrow at many points as you traverse the steep mountain sides, sliding away in some scree covered spots. Be nimble! Farily open trail though some poison oak to manage, much of it going dormant this time of year. Once we approached Buckeye Camp we met a group of 6 young guys up from LA, they were camping on the bluff overlooking the ocean before the drop down to Buckeye. Some of them reported getting lost on the way in from the Soda Springs Trail. We didn't travel that way so not sure what condition its in. Good water source at Buckeye, an old spring box flowing from the mountainside near the main camp. Buckeye is a beautiful big meadow pocket tucked up on the ridge, lots of shell middens in that meadow that suggest ancient use by the native peoples. We watched a glorious sunset from the knoll overlooking the ocean. We camped at lower Buckeye and were greeted by some howling winds that night, made sure to stay away from dead oak limbs. Busy Saturday up there. A father and son were also camped in an area near the ridge edge.In the morning saw 4 deer grazing in the meadow.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby RSIBryce on Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:05 am

Date Hiked: October 28, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Salmon Creek Trailhead, Buckeye Trail to Soda Springs Junction

We began a loop trip up to Cruickshank and then on up to Lion Den and down Salmon Creek from Buckeye Trail. We parked near the old Salmon Creek Guard Station and found the trail up from there. Trail is open and not too brushy. Steep gains will have you working hard with a pack on and lots of exposure to the sun. Excellent views amidst the short shrubby coastal chaparral.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby Jeff on Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:58 pm

Date Hiked: September 29, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Myself and a friend recently did an overnight loop trip from Buckeye to Cruikshank to Salmon Creek the last weekend of September. It was a particularly warm weekend and the fog over the water remained for entire trip which was kind of interesting but robbed us any views of the water. We parked at the Salmon Creek trailhead and walked the shoulder of Highway 1 for about 100 yards which was worth it because we were close to the car when we finished at Salmon Creek the next day.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87549442@N06/8096111222/

As described in the previous posts, the PO is very overgrown for the first stretch of Buckeye (which is also a pretty tough climb). The brush became less thick as the trail progressed and the PO became easier to avoid. We passed Buckeye camp which is a really nice open space, but as others noted, not much of a water supply or any views. We came to the junction between Buckeye and Cruikshank and decided to head down to Villa Creek for lunch. It was a peaceful area with a small stand of Redwoods and was well worth the 1 mile round trip detour from the loop route we had planned.

[Ed. note- Jeff continued his report of the Buckeye > Cruikshank > Salmon Creek loop here, but it has been separated into the appropriate trails]
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby heisenberg on Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:16 pm

Date Hiked: July 3, 2012
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)


Clockwise Buckeye-Cruickshank-Salmon Creek mid-week over the 4th of July for two nights (48 hours). Parked at the abandoned Salmon Creek Ranger station. There was only one other car when I started and no other cars when I exited. Most people seemed to park along the roadside next to the Salmon Creek trailhead which was crowded with day hikers when I exited on day 3.

Flies in a few places along the Buckeye trail but not enough to be annoying. No mosquitoes. No ticks. A few bees. Weather was generally pleasant in the 60s and 70s during the day, but felt a little hotter in the sun and absence of marine layer near Lion Den. Only saw one person until I reached Estrella Camp at the end of day 2.

Buckeye trail (north from Highway 1 trailhead to Villa Creek Camp): Overgrown poison oak for the first half mile. After that the trail was pretty clear all the way to Villa Creek Camp. Buckeye Camp (skipped) was in a flat meadow with a lot of space, but not very interesting, and only a weak muddy spring at the south end of the camp. Upper Cruickshank Camp (skipped) was an okay campsite that I don't remember very well, with a moderate spring a few paces north of the camp. Villa Creek Camp (stayed) was worth the extra half mile, even though it meant backtracking the next day - nice shaded site with a robust creek and pleasantly surprised with no mosquitoes even at dusk.
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Buckeye Trail

Postby mikesplain on Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:49 am

Date Hiked: February 18, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: Alder Creek (car) Camp to Alder / Villa Creek Divide
Having never walked this stretch of the Buckeye Trail, it was nice to finally see it-
a fine riparian zone near Alder Creek Camp, a little bit of deadfall and encroaching brush from above,
some hikers have strayed below to avoid it and broken down the outer tread here and there, but nothing major.
A nearly pristine sign marks entry into the Silver Peak Wilderness (such fine signage is a rare sight on the MRD),
shortly thereafter the trail breaks out on to open slopes with stellar ocean views.
A very large overwintering flock of robins made for a lovely chorus on the hike south,
but automatic rifle fire from the Willow Creek neighborhood above pretty much ruined the aesthetic on the return north.
Still, a very worthwhile stretch of trail & recommended.
High clearance is absolutely essential for descending Alder Creek Road in a vehicle-
it's deeply rutted, enough so that passenger cars would likely bottom out and get stuck even in dry weather.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby gfelsman on Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:35 pm

Date Hiked: February 4, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Upper Cruikshank to Alder Canyon.

14 people hiked this section of trail on February 4th, 2012. We went to the view above Alder Canyon.

The trail was clear all the way. so far so good.

Great views of the ocean with large ocean swells.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby C M Heard on Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:29 am

Date Hiked: December 16, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I hiked from Villa Creek Camp to the Soda Springs Trail junction and found the trail to be in the same or better condition than it was when I hiked it on Labor Day — it was unaffected by the recent wind event. Villa Creek and Buckeye Camps were clean, with the fuel reduction around the fire rings that I did on Labor Day still evident.
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Postby Michael McDonald on Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:43 pm

Date Hiked: October 14, 2011
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Cruickshank Trail Crew
OCTOBER 14-16 (Youth in Wilderness with UCSC) Villa Creek Camp to Ridge
We had great weather all weekend. Work consisted of mostly brushing the trail and removing some large limbs overhanging the trail. Robert Barringer and son accompanied us on the hike into Upper Cruickshank Camp on Friday and departed our group on Saturday morning. Thanks to Robert for all of his efforts. With Robert and his son gone we had a total of twelve people on our crew. The combined efforts for Saturday and Sunday, we brushed two thirds of the trail from Villa Creek Camp to top of ridge about 40 minute hike from Villa Creek Camp. A “middle” section (one third) of the trail was left to be brushed and retread worked for another trail crew. A lot of hard work went into brushing the trail and a special thank you goes out to Benni the UCSC Leader and his team of students for putting in time to open up the Trails. We worked hard and had a lot of fun. Crew size 12-14.

NOVEMBER 4-6 (Youth in Wilderness with UCSC) Villa Creek Camp to Silver Peak Sign near Alder Creek Camp
The weather did not seem to be on our side. However, we did manage to stay dry. It started to rain just before going to bed and rained throughout Friday night while we slept. Saturday the temperature stayed cool and a bit drizzly. Sunday the weather cleared out and warmed up a little bit. The group numbered to twelve people. Our work was to finish up the other UCSC trail crew’s work by brushing and retreading the middle 1/3 section of the trail to Alder Creek Camp. We also ventured out towards Alder Creek camp from the ridge about 40 minutes to a Silver Peak sign near Alder Creek Camp. We brushed major sections of vegetation encroaching the trail. A lot of ceanothus, young oaks, and poison oak fell this weekend. The trail is well maintained through this monitored section with few sags in the trail. It will be interesting to see further reports on the trail conditions for Villa Creek Camp to Alder Creek Camp to assess how long the trial work lasts in the wild country. I know how much work this crew put into the trail and a lot of miles covered, so it should last for a number of seasons. I went to thank Kevin the UCSC Leader and students for their fantastic efforts and making such a great impact on the trail and opening up more trail for people to enjoy.

Thank you VWA for allowing me to be a part of the YIW program. It is a wonderful thing being a part of a program that encourages more of our youth to get connected with the outdoors. I learned a lot from the students and UCSC leaders. I look forward to get outdoors and work with them again soon.

Please update the forum with your reports of this area and enjoy the trail.
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