Salmon Creek Trail

jesbrank

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by jesbrank »

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

Trail was clear and fairly easy to follow. Campsites were wide open with almost no one out on the trail and campsite since it was rainy and windy this weekend. Streams were flowing quite well with plenty of water if needed.
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: November 23, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Over the past few weeks VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers have been on the Salmon Creek Trail. They have removed a downed tree, hauled out the old picnic table frame at Spruce Camp, cleaned fire rings, checked the trail conditions and talked to many hikers and backpackers.

As of this writing the trail is clear to Spruce Camp. The Trail is also clear up to the slide on the Spruce Creek Trail. With the upcoming storms Spruce Creek may rise quickly making for a difficult crossing at Spruce Camp. Please plan accordingly.

Remember a few things.

1. No Campfire or Stoves in the backcountry at this time even with the recent rains.
2. Pack out all your trash.
3. Be courteous to others.
4. Have fun and take lots of pictures.

Happy Travels.
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Tree before removal.
Tree before removal.
Tree removed across the trail
Tree removed across the trail
rcmd8418
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: October 11, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from the Salmon Creek trailhead to Estrella and camped, then hiked through to Ridge Road the following day. Trail was clear and easy to follow. As noted in a previous post, the correct path from Estrella Camp is marked with a pink ribbon. The trail was narrow the entire way and had a couple trickier scree sections, particularly between Spruce Creek and Estrella. Signs of significant and recent trail maintenance between Estrella and Ridge Road.

There was some poison oak on the sides of the trail, but generally avoidable (particularly since the leaves were changing to red).

One note if you want to visit Upper Salmon Creek Falls (a real delight) -- once you can see the falls, continue on the trail for ~150ft to find the spur down to the falls. We were initially fooled by what looked like the spur as soon as we spotted the falls, but it was impassable and dangerous.

Water was flowing well at both Spruce Creek and Estrella, but didn't encounter any water above Estrella.
meb379

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by meb379 »

Date Hiked: September 14, 2019
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

From Salmon Creek trailhead to the Forest Service ridge road: trail was in great condition with several day hikers up to Spruce Creek. Had access to flowing water up until Estrella campground. Temporarily lost the trail at the campground (several side trails leading to various bathroom spots), but the correct one was marked with a pink flag hanging on a branch. The trail was otherwise easy to follow and well-cleared all the way to the road. Some poison oak on the sides of the trail. Later ran into Forest Service workers who were performing trail maintenance down from the ridge road to Estrella.
seagoat1724
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by seagoat1724 »

Date Hiked: December 7, 2018
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Between Salmon Creek Trailhead and Spruce Creek Trail Junction:
Trail is well hiked and maintained. Multiple day hikers seen on this portion.
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: September 7, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers patrolled the Salmon Creek Trail today from Hwy 1 to Spruce Camp. The trail is clear with some encroaching brush. The hanging tree after the second canyon crossing has fallen making the trail a bit safer. You can easily walk under the tree. Spruce Camp was very clean.

As always do your part to keep things nice.

Have a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.
No fires are allowed at this time.
Pack out all your trash
Be courteous to others.
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Spruce Camp, Picnic table has been moved to the other side of Salmon Creek.
Spruce Camp, Picnic table has been moved to the other side of Salmon Creek.
The fallen limb still above the trail
The fallen limb still above the trail
Rick

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by Rick »

Date Hiked: July 2, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked today from Salmon Crk at Hwy 1 to Spruce Creek Camp, Estrella Camp and on to the Forest service ridge road ending up at Lion Den Camp. Plenty of water at Lion Den spring [Ed. note- Lion Den is on the Cruikshank Trail] and the trail was in great condition for the entire way. The upper portion of the trail was easily passable due to a recent brush clearing.
Nic Stover

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by Nic Stover »

Date Hiked: June 22, 2019
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Last time I hiked this trail was in May of 2016 and I can say it was not a pleasant experience. The trail was severely overgrown and had Poison Oak everywhere. This time was a different story. Extremely great shape both on trail and in the campgrounds.

It was comical to see the "overnighters" that were backpacking into Spruce Camp with guitars, coolers, full pillows, and bottled water. I did not stay in either Spruce or Estrella but based on the people I talked to and the evidence on the ground of these campgrounds I would say they are HIGHLY used and I would think can be more of a party scene than tranquil nature. Spruce Creek, Salmon Creek were both flowing well and even some of the smaller feeders had water.

There were a-lot of people on the trail. I hiked top down which was nice. I did see the tree hanging that was mentioned below. I also had to duck in one spot with my pack. Oh, the humanity. Can you imagine that I had to duck in one spot ;) In all seriousness thank the trail crew whenever you see them and think about volunteering if you can to keep trails up.
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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

Today VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers Patrolled the trail from Highway 1 to Spruce Camp and back. The trail is clear with encroaching brush. We installed a new sign at Spruce Camp and marked one of two trees hanging over the trail with orange tape. When entering this section you should not stop. The overhead tree could come down at anytime. It is located after the second canyon crossing when heading in. There is a second tree closer to Spruce Creek Junction, but is much more secure for now.

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As always be prepared and help keep things nice. Be sure to have valid campfire/backpacking stove permit if staying overnight. Still lots of flowers out.
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Tree after second canyon crossing.
Tree after second canyon crossing.
Tree just before Spruce Creek Jct.
Tree just before Spruce Creek Jct.
toejam
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by toejam »

Date Hiked: May 12, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

VWA volunteers and staff worked on this trail over the weekend. I'll rate the entire trail as "clear" but there is a place where you have to crawl under fallen branches about 1/4 mile from the top. The trail is clear for backpackers and in the best shape I've seen in 11 years hiking it.

Estrella Camp and Spruce Creek Camp get too many thoughtless and disrespectful visitors building rogue fire rings, burning trash, leaving trash, and not putting out fires.
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