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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by VWA_Ranger » Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:56 pm

Date Hiked: July 29, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:

VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers were out patrolling the Salmon Creek Trail in the Silver Peak Wilderness. Unfortunately, they reported that many folks continue to ignore the current "Fire Restrictions", by having campfires that are not permitted at this time. One campfire was still smoldering when they arrived. It only takes on careless user to ruin and destroy the forest for the rest of us.

Please do your part to protect this wonderful and valuable resource. Help keep things nice, have a valid campfire/Stove permit, pack out all your gear, trash and TP. Leave a place nicer than you found it. Water is available at Spruce and Estrella camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:

Highway 1 to Spruce Creek Jct. - Clear, minor encroaching brush. A short section of trail has fallen away between second and third canyon crossing. This section of trail is easily crossed.

Spruce Creek Jct. to Estrella Camp - Passable, there are at least 10 trees down clustered in multiple snags along this section of trail as noted in the previous report. One may require crawling under to get by. Water is available at Both Spruce and Estrella Camp.

Estrella Camp. to SCRR - Passable, with encroaching brush and some minor slides. No water can be found along this section of trail.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by VWA_Ranger » Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:15 pm

Date Hiked: June 22, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:

Over the past week, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers Patrolled many trails in the Silver Peak Wilderness. Upon returning they reported that many folks have chosen to ignore the current "Fire Restrictions", by having campfires that are not permitted at this time. It only takes on careless user to ruin and destroy the forest for the rest of us.

Please do your part to protect this wonderful and valuable resource. Help keep things nice, have a valid campfire/Stove permit, pack out all your gear, trash and TP. Leave a place nicer than you found it. Water is available at Spruce and Estrella camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:

Highway 1 to Spruce Creek Jct. - Clear, minor encroaching brush. A short section of trail has fallen away between second and third canyon crossing. This section of trail is easily crossed.

Spruce Creek Jct. to Estrella Camp - Passable, there are multiple snags along this section of trail as noted in the previous report. One may require crawling under to get by. Water is available at Both Spruce and Estrella Camp.

Estrella Camp. to SCRR - Passable, with encroaching brush and some minor slides. No water can be found along this section of trail.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by runcyclegirl » Mon May 16, 2022 8:06 pm

Date Hiked: May 13, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Friends and I spent three days hiking the "loop" from Salmon Creek to Cruikshank to Buckeye where we met the highway at Salmon Creek Ranger Station. This report is for Salmon Creek Trail only.

From Highway 1 to Spruce Creek Camp, the trail is a wilderness freeway. The first half mile is a gradual climb and exposed with ocean views. The trail then is wonderfully shaded under bay laurel canopy for approximately three miles before opening up to the sun again and expansive canyon views.

The trail between Spruce Creek Camp and Estrella is passable with good tread. There are four down trees in this section and most are easy to step over or around or under. One tree is a bit branch-jamy and, if you are taller than 5 ft, you may need to take off your pack to get through. There are also one or two narrow tread spots.

After Estrella Camp the trail becomes exposed to sun and views and will seem more arid.
This section of trail is clear all the way to the South Coast Ridge Road.

There is poison oak along the trail but it is mostly avoidable.

Plenty of running water in both camps.
Gradual climb in open sky with pretty serpentine rock.
Gradual climb in open sky with pretty serpentine rock.
Pools of running water at Spruce Camp.
Pools of running water at Spruce Camp.
One of four trees down between Spruce Camp and Estrella Camp.
One of four trees down between Spruce Camp and Estrella Camp.
Above Estrella Camp the trail becomes more exposed and dry.
Above Estrella Camp the trail becomes more exposed and dry.
Nearing the South Coast Ridge Road, another impressive serpentine colored outcrop.
Nearing the South Coast Ridge Road, another impressive serpentine colored outcrop.

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by shane9 » Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:14 pm

Date Hiked: April 10, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Lots of water and good camp options at Estrella camp. Please look around more for the wilderness toilet, because the usual area used to do your business has exposed toilet tissues all over the place. It looked kind of bad and it would be hard to find a good spot.

Easy drop from Estrella back to Highway 1. Some slippery slope and a couple of down trees along the way. Nice visiting spot at the Salmon Falls.

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by driggsy » Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:39 am

Date Hiked: March 19, 2022
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

In great condition. Water crossings at perfect level, little to no brush, one tree down but very easy to bypass. Gorgeous forest and views.

Salmon Creek Trail Report - 1/17/22

by pierre » Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:35 pm

Date Hiked: January 17, 2022
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Some tread washout on a steep slope near Spruce Camp, can't remember which side of the camp; trail is still passable (easier with trekking poles). A deadfall tree is blocking the trail between Spruce and Estrella camps; there is a 4-foot-tall crevice under the trunk that some may be able to duck underneath for passage, and there is very early-stage tread around either side of the deadfall on the slope. The water crossing at Salmon Creek is very mild (~1-2 feet high) and passable; careful steps over the creek rocks may avoid boot flooding.

Re: Salmon Creek Trail - Algae Bloom

by VWA_Ranger » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:01 pm

Date Hiked: August 6, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:

On 8-6-2021 the USFS reported an Algae Bloom below Salmon Creek Falls. The Algae Bloom may not clear until we get some significant rains to raise the water level in the creek to wash the algae away.

8/6/21 ALERT - Do not drink/filter water from the pond below Salmon Creek Falls. There is a possible algae bloom that can cause contaminated water and is unsafe to drink. Do NOT let dogs drink or swim in the water.

For the latest information use the following link and/or call the USFS in King City.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/re ... 7&actid=51
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by VWA_Ranger » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:37 pm

Date Hiked: April 18, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:
Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Highway 1 to the South Coast Ridge Road assessing trail conditions, talking to users, checking camps and repairing trail as needed. They removed the major snag above Spruce Camp that was forcing people off the trail in an unsafe manner. Water is available at Spruce and Estrella camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to Spruce Creek Jct. - Clear, minor encroaching brush. A short section of trail has fallen away between second and third canyon crossing. This section of trail is easily crossed.
Spruce Creek Jct. to Estrella Camp - Passable, there is a 4-foot tree across the trail just above Spruce Camp. Most of the vegetation has been removed and a use trail has been established on the high side of the tree. A second tree has come down shortly past the 4-foot tree and is easily crossed. The rest of the trail is in fair shape with encroaching brush and poison oak. The slide just past Spruce Camp continues to hold up well.
Estrella Camp. to SCRR - Passable, with encroaching brush and some minor slides.
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Attachments
Short section of trail that has fallen away.
Short section of trail that has fallen away.
4-foot tree across trail just above Spruce Camp. A use trail has been established on the high side of the tree.
4-foot tree across trail just above Spruce Camp. A use trail has been established on the high side of the tree.
New tree down shortly past the 4-foot tree.
New tree down shortly past the 4-foot tree.
The snag shown here above Spruce Camp has been cleared to make it safer for users.
The snag shown here above Spruce Camp has been cleared to make it safer for users.

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by VWA_Ranger » Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:21 am

Date Hiked: March 24, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:
The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Highway 1 to the Spruce Creek Jct. They removed two trees and inspected previous work done prior to the winter storms.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Trailhead to Spruce Creek Jct. - Clear, minor encroaching brush. Short section of trail has fallen away between second and third canyon crossing. See Photo.
Spruce Creek Jct. to Estrella Camp - Passable, clear down to Spruce Camp. Two trees to navigate between Spruce and Estrella Camps. Encroaching brush and off camber tread.
Estrella Camp to Coast Ridge Road - Passable, minor slides and encroaching brush.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/

Attachments
Section of trail that has fallen away.
Section of trail that has fallen away.

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

by VWA_Ranger » Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:45 pm

Date Hiked: February 16, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. This weekend volunteer Rangers and Ranger Trainees patrolled from Highway 1 to Estrella Camp. They cleaned Spruce and Estrella Camps. Removed inappropriate fire rings and trash. They put out an unattended fire left by carless campers. They talked to over 100 individuals, removed 6 trees that had fallen across the trail since the last storm. Water is available at both camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to Spruce Creek Jct. - Passable, the trail is for the most part clear, but there are still some downed trees to negotiate.

Spruce Creek Jct. to Spruce Camp - Passable. There is one 4 foot diameter tree across the trail just before the camp.

Spruce Camp to Estrella Camp - Passable. The trail is clear, but there are a few trees that one needs to negotiate.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
Attachments
4 foot tree down just before Spruce Camp.
4 foot tree down just before Spruce Camp.
Tree across trail halfway between Spruce and Estrella Camps
Tree across trail halfway between Spruce and Estrella Camps

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