Cruikshank Trail

Lonhart
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

Post by Lonhart »

Here are some photos from along the trail May 25-26, 2021.
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Silver Peak use trail beginning, 26 May 2021.
Silver Peak use trail beginning, 26 May 2021.
Villa Creek, 25 May 2021.
Villa Creek, 25 May 2021.
Villa Creek camp, 25 May 2021.
Villa Creek camp, 25 May 2021.
Upper Cruikshank camp, 25 May 2021.
Upper Cruikshank camp, 25 May 2021.
Lower Cruikshank camp, 25 May 2021.
Lower Cruikshank camp, 25 May 2021.
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driggsy
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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

Largely a wilderness freeway for 90% of it. Only iffy section is the second lowest mile (wilderness sign and up about 0.5-1 mile) but is still pretty good. Amazing diversity from the highway all the way to the south coast ridge road!
driggsy
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: February 14, 2021
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Very good conditions all the way from the ridge road to Cruikshank camp. No complaints at all.
stefanie_g
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Glad to hear the trail is passible! For the LionsDen camping area, do you happen to have a GPS pin or location? I keep seeing varying locations, all within a .5 miles stretch of the trail. I'm working on a project for a company called Art of the Trek and was hoping to narrow down the location a little better.


bheav wrote:Date Hiked: January 23, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We did the whole Salmon Creek loop going clockwise. The trail was very well maintained until slightly after buckeye camp. The trail was pretty overgrown but definitely passable. We hiked all the way to lions den in the first day. Make sure if you plan on staying up there to stock up on water either at silver camp or estrella on the salmon creek side. There is no water past a certain point. After we spent the night at lions den made our way down the salmon creek trail which has tons of water after about 2 miles down. Overall the trail was in good shape and we had a great time!
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: February 4, 2021
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** 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. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Highway 1 to the Buckeye Jct. above Upper Cruickshank Camp. They cleared nine snags that had fallen across the trail. They checked upper and lower Criuckshank Camps and more. Water is available at both camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to top of Switchbacks. - Clear with no obstacles

Top of Switchbacks to Buckeye Trail Jct. to Estrella Camp - Clear with encroaching brush. Most of the brush is during the first 1/4 mile past the wilderness boundary.

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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.
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Redwood snag across the trail.
Redwood snag across the trail.
Redwood snag after clearing.
Redwood snag after clearing.
bheav

Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: January 23, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We did the whole Salmon Creek loop going clockwise. The trail was very well maintained until slightly after buckeye camp. The trail was pretty overgrown but definitely passable. We hiked all the way to lions den in the first day. Make sure if you plan on staying up there to stock up on water either at silver camp or estrella on the salmon creek side. There is no water past a certain point. After we spent the night at lions den made our way down the salmon creek trail which has tons of water after about 2 miles down. Overall the trail was in good shape and we had a great time!
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: December 30, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers cleared the lower section of trail from Hwy 1 to the bottom of the switchbacks heading up the hill. This section of trail is now wide open.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to top of Switchbacks. - Clear with no obstacles

Top of switchbacks to Upper Cruickshank Camp - Clear with 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 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.
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Starting up the Switchbacks.
Starting up the Switchbacks.
Across the lower flat.
Across the lower flat.
The Trailhead.
The Trailhead.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: December 10, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from Highway 1 to Silver Camp and beyond. Lower Cruickshank, Upper Cruickshank and Silver Camp were all clean and had a trickle of water at each camp. The trail is considered clear with encroaching brush in spots. The slide that starts at Silver Creek is still there. The tread is narrow all the way to the rocky outcropping. Step carefully when using this section of trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to Top of Switchbacks. - Clear with no obstacles

Top of Switchback to Upper Cruickshank Camp - Clear with encroaching brush.

Upper Cruickshank Camp to Silver Creek - Clear with some 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 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.
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Lower Cruickshank Camp
Lower Cruickshank Camp
Silver Camp
Silver Camp
Slide at Silver Creek
Slide at Silver Creek
Slide near Silver Creek
Slide near Silver Creek
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: December 3, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers and Ranger Trainees patrolled from Highway 1 to Upper Cruickshank Camp. They cleaned Lower and Upper Cruickshank Camp. They made sure there were no smoldering or recent fires at each camp. Water is still trickling at both camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to top of Switchbacks - Clear with no obstacles

Top of Switchbacks to Upper Cruickshank Camp - Clear with 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 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.
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Re: Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: November 15, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers and Ranger Trainees patrolled from Highway 1 to Upper Cruickshank Camp. They cleaned Lower and Upper Cruickshank Camp. They made sure there were no smoldering or recent fires at each camp. Water is still trickling at both camps.

Trail conditions are as follows:


Highway 1 to to top of Switchbacks. - Clear with no obstacles

Top of Switchbacks to Upper Cruickshank Camp - Clear with 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 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.
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