mikesplain wrote:You shouldn't have any trouble staying on track;
to be fair, I haven't hiked the Buckeye > Cruikshank > Salmon Creek Loop in a few years,
but it gets enough traffic to remain passable.
The terrain is such that you'll know if you've taken a wrong turn in short order.
I'd recommend a clockwise loop as the top of the Salmon Creek Trail is steep & brushy-
much easier with gravity on your side.
Thanks for the reply. "The terrain is such that you'll know if you've taken a wrong turn in short order" is what I needed to hear. I'm planning on doing easy enough mileage (about 6-7 miles/day) that losing some time due to a wrong turn and having to double back a bit isn't a big concern. I was just afraid of getting lost completely and wandering in circles, or huddled on a mountainside in the dark wondering if I should summon the air cavalry with my PLB and put myself $10,000 in debt for rescue costs...
That is one thing I love about the High Sierra Trail. You pretty much can't get lost, because it's the only way forward.