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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby pantilat on Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:51 pm

Date Hiked: January 26, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

From Buckeye Trail JCT to South Coast Ridge Road: Clear. This trail is in great shape. Water is flowing in all primary streams, including at Silver Camp and Lion Den Camp. Use caution at the steep, loose slope just past Silver Camp and Silver Creek where tread is narrow. This part has always been a bit sketchy. Some tread re-work has helped but it's an unstable slope so gravel tends to accumulate on the narrow tread.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:03 am

Date Hiked: January 18, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Today USFS/VWA Volunteer Rangers patrolled the lower Cruickshank Trail after many storms. We are happy to say the trail remains clear and easy to navigate. There is one step over just before Upper Cruickshank Camp.

On this day, Villa Creek was not crossable. Many people we talked who went down decided not to cross.

A few things to remember;

1. It is a new year. Be sure to get a updated Camp Fire/Stove Permit.
2. Be prepared and do your part to help keep things nice.
3. Pack out everything you bring in including trash.
4. Have fun and be courteous to others.

Lastly, we found a point and shoot camera. It was left on 1-17-2020. If you think it may be yours contact us via this forum or contact the VWA. Hopefully can get it to the owner.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby gfelsman on Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:35 pm

Date Hiked: November 9, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Today USFS/VWA Volunteer Rangers patrolled from Highway 1 to Upper Cruickshank Camp. We cleared the huge oak that had fallen across the trail just past Upper Cruickshank Camp. Water is present at both lower and upper camps. The trail itself is clear at this time.

Remember a few tips.
1. No Camp Fires at this time.
2. Have a valid Camp Fire/Stove Permit.
3. Pack out all your trash and whatever else you bring in.
4. Be safe and have fun.
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Trail leaving U. Cruickshank Camp towards Lion Den Camp.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby Ericb on Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:22 pm

Date Hiked: October 26, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked hwy 1 to villa camp. Trail great shape. Minor low poison oak. Trail crew rehabbing trail to Alder creek (buckeye trail?), went halfway and was great.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby rcmd8418 on Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:13 pm

Date Hiked: October 12, 2019
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Hiked from Ridge Road to the Buckeye Trail junction. Most of the section above Silver Camp has been recently maintained and widened (you could almost walk side-by-side). Starting ~0.5mi before we reached Silver, the trail condition degraded to clear/passable with some challenging scree sections. Overall, trail was clear and easy to follow. Some poison oak on the sides of the trail, but generally easily avoidable.

Water was stagnant at Lion's Den Camp, but flowing well at Silver Camp.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby meb379 on Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:54 pm

Date Hiked: September 15, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Traveled from USFS ridge road until intersection with Buckeye trail. Lion Den camp was in great condition, though with relatively large numbers of flies/gnats. Water was stagnant in the nearby creek both at Lion Den and Silver Camp. Large amounts of poison oak lining the trail and at Silver Camp (though the camp itself is well-cleared). Of the two camps, Lion Den seems to be the better campground--one campsite over the crest of the hill has a great view down to the ocean--though both were well-shaded and close to water sources. Unfortunately, LNT principles were not followed as well at Silver Camp; large quantities of toilet paper were strewn around. Even so, the trail was wonderful. Really enjoyed passing through several unique microclimates in a fairly short period, and enjoyed several sweeping views. Saw nobody else on the trail, even on a weekend.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:20 am

Date Hiked: June 29, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This week two sets of VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers patrolled the Cruickshank Trail. The first group cleaned campsites and fixed the table at Lower Cruickshank Camp. The second group hiked to Villa Creek [Ed. note- Villa Creek Camp is on the Buckeye Trail] and back again cleaning campsites and posting flyer's in Camp Fire Pits as the Fire Restrictions have changed. No more campfires allowed in the backcountry. Stoves are permitted with a valid Campfire Permit. Which is free. Lastly, we cleared 25 yards of trail closer to the front of the Trail.

The trail is for the most part clear all the way to Villa Creek Camp with encroaching brush. Still lots of flowers out.

Remember, "Be Prepared and do your part to keep things nice".

Happy Trails.
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Upper Cruickshank Camp
Lower Criuckshank Camp with Picnic Table Repaired by Steve and Beth.jpg
Lower Cruickshank Camp with repaired picnic table.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby Nic Stover on Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:48 pm

Date Hiked: June 21, 2019
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Hiked from the intersection with Buckeye. Amazingly clear along this section. Lots of trail love was put into this trail. Thank you volunteers. Most of the creeks had water in them still. Silver Camp and Lion Den Campgrounds were both in great shape.

Saw a Kangaroo Rat on the trail (First for me) and some really interesting White Snapdragons. Only saw 2 people but it was early on a Friday.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:25 am

Date Hiked: June 1, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Today, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers on National Trail Day, patrolled from Hwy. 1 to Upper Cruickshank and beyond. The trail is clear for the first mile, then the trail has encroaching brushing the next 0.4 miles but easily followed. From here to the ridge the trail is clear based on reports of hiker/backpackers we ran across.

As always do your part to keep things nice. Leave No Trace, pack out your trash and have a valid fire/backpacker stove permit. Happy trails.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Postby gfelsman on Thu May 09, 2019 4:27 pm

Date Hiked: May 9, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Today, Darlene and I as VWA/USFS Rangers worked the lower portion of the Cruickshank Trail today. We cleared the lowest section before the switchback, and the first tree covered section just past the Wilderness Sign.

With this work the trail is now clear or a Wilderness Freeway for the first 0.9 miles. Then the brush gets thicker for 1/3 mile then opens up again.

Lots of flowers and great weather today.
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