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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby caley89 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:54 pm

Date Hiked: April 15, 2016
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Pretty miserable north of Estrella camp, extremely overgrown, full of ticks, and makes you want to give up. No shade either. South of Estrella camp is fine.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby LoJo on Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:16 pm

Date Hiked: April 16, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail up to Spruce Camp is clear and in great condition. A few fallen trees that have been mulched apart so the tread is defined.

Between Spruce Camp and Estrella Camp, the tread has spots that are not well defined, mainly due to rock slides (which have been worked on, but are still quite narrow while on steep terrain). Overall, great hike, and getting to Estrella Camp was worth it! The upper falls are quite full, so the sound and view over them is incredible. Once at Estrella, a seat by the creek for lunch is perfect.

Thanks to everyone who has kept this (and other trails in the area) kept up so they are passable. It is greatly appreciated!

Oh, and it is Spring, so reptiles are out. We ran into a garter snake and a Monterey ring snake (small gray/black with red ring at the neck). They were HARD to see in the grass and seemingly came out of nowhere, so be sure to stay aware. They are no problem, but I always have my eyes out for rattlesnakes, which I hope won't appear out of nowhere! :-)
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby Guest on Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:06 pm

Date Hiked: April 12, 2016
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Trail becomes quite difficult about .5 miles north of Estrella Camp all the way until it hits the South Coast Ridge Road. Very overgrown, lots of poison oak, lots of ticks for a solid 1-1.5 miles. Made 1 mile feel like 3! If you go, try to make your backpack as skinny as possible, taller is better than wider for your pack here.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby Al Normandin on Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:28 am

Date Hiked: December 6, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is clear to Spruce and Estrella Camps. The only possible confusion of trail direction was at the two camps as several very short dead end side spurs led to other camp sites or to the stream below for water. Even the trail cuts in steep hillsides had at least a foot wide clearance. Small water flows provide water at these camps. The remaining 2 1/2 miles of trail to Coast Ride Road is very brushy and the steep hillside trail cuts were severely eroded making it somewhat dangerous. But at all points the trail direction was obvious. The steep shaped narrow canyon portions were in fairly good shape. But the sunny and open wide canyon areas often with south facing slopes were heavily grown in making the wearing of long pants required. Chaparral shrubs like Chamise were heavily grown in making it unavoidable to not plow through them. Surpringingly the poison oak (leafless at this time of year) was mostly avoidable. Although this should be a low season for ticks, I found 4 ticks on me due to the overgrowth. On Coast Ride Road there were easily seen quality trail signs for both Salmon Creek and Cruickshank trialheads should anyone want to hike a shuttle required U-shape hike.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby trail_guy on Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:44 am

Date Hiked: July 1, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is mostly free of Poison oak as far as Spruce Creek campground . The trail at the "Spruce Creek Slide" between Spruce Creek and Estrella campgrounds has been cleared of debris. River crossing at Spruce Creek easy. Ticks are present on the trail. Spruce Creek trail towards Dutra Flats been cleared of poison oak for about the first two miles. Bring your own clippers for the rest. A short detour has been cut around the very large tree that is across the trail about 2 miles in. Water available along Salmon and Spruce creeks.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sat May 23, 2015 6:05 pm

Date Hiked: May 23, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Five of us hiked the Salmon Creek Trail today. It was a beautiful day. Cool and no bugs. The trail itself is in good condition all the way to Estrella Camp. Very little encroaching brush or PO. The slide above Spruce Camp has been greatly improved. The work was not done by a CCC crew as mentioned below. The work made this section of trail easily passable again exposing some of the work done over 12 years ago by volunteers from the SLO area. If we can keep the duff off the trail here. This section of trail may stabilize further in the future making for a great hike.

Water is flowing nicely in Salmon, Spruce and Estrella Creek.

It was a busy weekend. Lots of backpackers and day hikers on a trek down the hill. The good this is we saw all age groups using the trail, young couples, families with kids and many groups of friends.

As of today there were no fires in any fire pit we came across.

I have attached of few photos of the Spruce Creek Slide as it looks today.
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Salmon Creek Slide in 2009, the tread is a foot wider, closer to Forest Service standards.
Salmon Creek Slide 1.jpg
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015. Removing the rock another foots would make it look like the 2009 reconstruction making it even easier to traverse.
Salmon Creek Slide 2.jpg
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide 3.jpg
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide 4.jpg
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby 7rail_guy on Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:27 pm

Date Hiked: May 21, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The trail is mostly free of Poison oak as far as Spruce Creek campground . The trail at the big washout between Spruce Creek and Estrella campgrounds has been widened by a CCC trail crew. River crossing at Spruce Creek OK. Ticks are present on the trail in sunny sections. Spruce Creek trail towards Dutra Flats been cleared of poison oak for about the first two miles past the junction. Bring your own clippers for the rest. A short detour has been cut around the very large tree across the trail about 2 miles in. Water available along Salmon and Spruce creeks.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby jennifertota on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:08 pm

Date Hiked: February 14, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked Salmon Creek Trail from Highway 1 to Estrella campground where we stayed for the weekend. We were there for a holiday weekend and on Saturday night almost every "campsite" at Estrella was full, although plenty of space to make camp around those. Trail was well maintained and clear. Very little poison oak that we saw. The slide just past Spruce was passable although very narrow in places with loose gravel. Water crossings were relatively easy. A pole made both the slide areas and the water crossings much easier. Plenty of water in the creek. Beautiful hike overall!
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:03 pm

Date Hiked: January 3, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Salmon Creek Tree Gone 1280.jpg
Removed Tree before Spruce Creek Junction
Date Hiked: January 3, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Darlene and I hiked the Salmon Creek Trail today to Spruce Camp and a bit beyond to the Slide about 1/4 mile from Spruce and Salmon Creek confluence.

The trail is in good shape all the way to the Spruce Creek Junction. Almost no encroaching brush to speak of . It can be classified as a Wilderness Freeway in most parts. Clear the few remaining Spots. The trail survived the December storms well.

The tree just before the Spruce Creek Junction has been cleared.

Crossing Spruce Creek was easy as the water flow was not that great. Apole always helps with this crossing. The Slide above Spruce Camp could really use some work. Especially the hanging cliff above the far end which one has to take his pack off our get on all fours to get around in most cases.
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Salmon Creek Canyon
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Spruce Camp
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Postby mgdigger on Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:28 pm

Date Hiked: October 17, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

There is a large dead fall a few yards before the Spruce creek junction. Not an easy climb over as it is a good three and a half foot drop on the far side.
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dead fall across Salmon creek trail
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