Buckeye Trail

runcyclegirl
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Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by runcyclegirl »

Date Hiked: May 15, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Overall, Buckeye Trail is clear with a couple of sections that I would rate as passable to approaching early stages of difficult due to brush.

The one mile section between the Cruikshank junction and the top of the ridge toward Buckeye Camp is a poison oak garden. Unless you have impressive Aikido like defensive skills with your trekking poles, you are bound to brush against PO in this section. It's a mile long, why not?

From the ridge top to Buckeye Camp the trail is choking on dry deerweed. Tread is evident and where it is under the bushy plant, a quick shuffle reassures your footing. Recommend long pants to avoid getting scratched and poked.

From Buckeye to Salmon Creek Ranger Station the trail is a wilderness freeway.

Water is flowing nicely at Buckeye Camp and water is also flowing at Soda Spring Creek.
Poison Oak between Buckeye Trail junction with Cruikshank to the top of the ridge.
Poison Oak between Buckeye Trail junction with Cruikshank to the top of the ridge.
Deerweed and bad tread.
Deerweed and bad tread.
More deerweed.
More deerweed.
Water at Buckeye Camp.
Water at Buckeye Camp.
Expansive coastal views.
Expansive coastal views.
shane9
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Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2022 7:56 am

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by shane9 »

Date Hiked: April 8, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked up from Salmon station. The trail was well maintained. Stay on trail and you will be off the abundant poison oak along the way. Refilled water at Buckeye camp and admired the nice picnic table. We then continued until we hit the Upper Cruikshank Camp.

Really nothing more to share other than confirming all the pictures that I saw on Google map when planning the trip. Not an easy hike but definitely worth the trip.
peter

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by peter »

Date Hiked: March 31, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked up the Buckeye trail on 03/31/22 from the ranger station and stayed overnight at the north Buckeye camp. The trail is very well maintained and a lot of tree dead falls have been cut and cleared off the trail recently by the looks of it. However, even though the trail is well maintained there is a lot of shrubbery growing into the walking path so it's a good idea to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt. There is poison oak, but not crazy amounts of it.

About 2-2.5 miles up from the trailhead, there is really good water flow at the soda spring creek crossing for filtering water if needed. There is also another creek with good water flow a few minutes passed north Buckeye camp which is where I loaded up on water to filter.

People were already at the main Buckeye camp so I stayed at the north Buckeye camp which is a nice little spot, but unfortunately the people at the main Buckeye camp started setting off fireworks at night which was really annoying when you're out in the wilderness, but most importantly, massively stupid because they could've started a wildfire. Save the fireworks for the 4th of July, people.

Ed: FYI, fireworks are illegal in the forest at all times.
driggsy
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Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:22 am

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by driggsy »

Date Hiked: March 19, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Brushy from Cruickshank to Buckeye Camp. Lots of poison oak. Gorgeous trail. Worth every step.
tbliss

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by tbliss »

Date Hiked: February 5, 2022
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Buckeye from Cruikshank to Soda Springs Trail was in good shape. One washout and one downed tree, both easily navigated. Water crossings not a problem, shoes on. Steeper portions of this trail could use some erosion control.
KChris
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Joined: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:47 am

Re: Buckeye Trail/Cruickshank/Salmon Creek Loop

Post by KChris »

Date Hiked: December 30, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Ran the loop yesterday, beautiful and water everywhere! Buckeye to Cruickshank clear w occ brush, Cruickshank to S Coast Ridge Rd, great condition, coming down Salmon Creek to Estrella camp clear.

Water was too high to cross the creek dry but ok with poles. Trail from Estrella to Spruce camp was rough. Multiple downed trees (one had to scramble ~20 yards above the tree fall and slide down other side) plus section that previously burned there was a saturated slide area but was able to cross.

Water to high to cross dry but again was ok with poles to navigate swift water.

All in all it was spectacular and saw no one else.
Swat

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by Swat »

Date Hiked: October 9, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I hiked the Buckeye, Cruikshank, Salmon Creek loop and, though very dry, the trail was in good shape with modest amounts of poison oak. There was water at Buckeye, Lion Den, and all camps along Salmon Creek, which was running well.
echightower

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by echightower »

Date Hiked: May 3, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The conditions are between clear and passable. There is a lot of encroaching poison oak on the section of Buckeye Trail between where Buckeye intersects Cruikshank Trail and the first ridge with an ocean view when headed south on Buckeye. It required attention to duck and dodge some of it.

There are also a few areas with emerging false tread issues that are slowly making the trail meander downhill.

The Silver Peak loop (Salmon Creek, Cruikshank, Buckeye) was a nice walk anyway. Water every few miles makes it an easy 16 mile day hike.
driggsy
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Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:22 am

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by driggsy »

Date Hiked: May 9, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I did a trail run on this trail, and it was clear enough to be runnable for the vast majority of it. A couple sections got brushy but never too bad.
Yanni G

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by Yanni G »

Date Hiked: March 12, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Encroaching Brush on the ridge after buckeye camp. 4 streams running from salmon creek station to silver camp. Great trail, hard work.
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