Cruikshank Trail

Ericb

Re: Cruikshank Trail

Post by Ericb »

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.
rcmd8418
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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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.
meb379

Re: Cruikshank Trail

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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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gfelsman
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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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
Upper Cruickshank Camp
Lower Cruickshank Camp with repaired picnic table.
Lower Cruickshank Camp with repaired picnic table.
Nic Stover

Re: Cruikshank Trail

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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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gfelsman
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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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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gfelsman
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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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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Cleared Trail looking at Highway 1.jpg
Cleared Trail looking just above Highway 1.jpg
Cleared Trail just before bottom switchbacks.jpg
ammodramus

Re: Cruikshank Trail

Post by ammodramus »

Date Hiked: March 17, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked the Cruickshank Trail from Lion Den down to the trailhead to as part of the Buckeye-Salmon-Creek-Cruickshank loop this weekend. The trail was entirely clear except for the slide just above Silver Camp (uphill, toward Lion Den Camp, see others' posts), which was passable with trekking poles.

Water was abundant and streams were passable.
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gfelsman
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: March 16, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

A great day hiking the Big Sur Coast today. Darlene and I were on one of our volunteer Patrols as VWA/USFS Rangers checking out the trails, talking to people, cleaning camps and enjoying the beautiful day. The ACE Crews hired by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance did a great job on the Cruickshank Trail with the help of many volunteers. The trail is now clear from bottom to top with only a couple difficult sections.

The creek past Silver Camp is running high at this time. You may get a wet foot or two.

The Slide just past the Creek is much more easily traversed. Hiking poles really help.

Lots of flowers today.

Happy hiking!
toejam
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Post by toejam »

Date Hiked: February 23, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The trail has been worked through the sketchy slide above Silver Camp. It's much improved but there is still about a 30' section where you lean against the cliff face walking on tread a little wider than your foot with a steep, long drop on the other side (gfelsman's middle picture). The whole trail is clear besides that short stretch.

An ACE crew is working the trail again. They were doing tread work above the slide and traversing through the sketchy part twice a day. I've crossed it several times and my buddy and some backpackers we saw had no problem with it. Be careful and use trekking poles if you are concerned.
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