Buckeye Trail

ChasWill51
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Buckeye Trail

Post by ChasWill51 »

Date Hiked: May 30, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Buckeye Trail, May 30, 2010, from Salmon Station TH to Cruickshank Camp. The trail from Salmon Station to Buckeye Camp is a clear with good tread and open of vegetation. PO is present on the steep trail coming up from Station but below the knee. It is rare in the grassy areas.

After Buckeye the trail remains clear but there are some soft areas on the steep grassy sections as the trail approaches the final ridge before the descent to Cruikshank. Here the trail has collapsed on the down slope side. There is abundant PO between that ridge and Cruickshank, but it is generally below the knee.
SLO

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by SLO »

Date Hiked: February 13, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Great hike and camping spot (Buckeye camp). The trail is clear to passable.
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gfelsman
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Re: Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: March 14, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

I only rate this trail a clear (minus) as there are no real deadfalls along the trail between Upper Cruikshank and the ridge north of Buckeye Camp. No ducking for low limbs or pushing through heavy brush required to traverse this section of trail. Poison oak more abundant along this trail and just starting to leaf out. The trail is easy to follow but has much less traffic than Cruikshank Trail.

The spring next to the trail is bubbling away about 2/3 the way to the ridge. We saw lots of lowers on this section of trail.
PhillyH

Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: November 27, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Didn't come across poison oak or overgrown bush. The trail was clear and we were lucky to have clear weather. This trail is gorgeous on a clear day. Awesome coastal/ocean and mountain views. There was a small spout with some water at Buckeye Camp. We hiked up to Villa Creek and camped there. All in all, the trail was easy to follow and there seemed to be ample water at all the campsites.
boy_scout

Buckeye trail

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Date Hiked: December 6, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

As previously reported, the trail is clear of poison oak and other brush. However, from Buckeye camp to the Soda spring trail junction, the tread is sketchy in parts with several slides. It was also very dry (right before the storm hit) on Sunday night/Monday morning with lots of dry leaves on the trail making the footing slippery.

Otherwise, a great hike with incredible ocean views! Buckeye camp itself was great and water plentiful at the Spring.
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jbl
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Clear to Cruikshank Trail

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Date Hiked: October 3, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is clear all the way from the Salmon Creek Station to Upper Cruikshank Camp, with tread well defined (the very minor slides in the section after the Soda Springs Trail junction are relatively easy to negotiate), brush (including ever-encroaching poison oak) generally cut back (there are sections where you can't avoid it at knee and below level, but you don't need to push through any), and water flowing nicely at Buckeye Camp. Unfortunately, some campers had left trash in both sites at Buckeye camp, which we packed out.
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gfelsman
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Buckey Trail

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Date Hiked: June 28, 2009
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Seven of us hiked to Alder Camp from Upper Cruikshank Camp.

It was warm but we all made it up and back.

Trail conditions are as follows:

Upper Cruikshank to Villa Creek Camp Clear.

Villa Creek Camp to Saddle, tread is well defined, lots of encraoching brush along this section. It makes travel a bit slow, but easy to follow. One dead fall along the trail which has already been routed around. On the descent of this trail section watch the footing it gets slippery in some spots with some steep grades.

From Top of Saddle to Alder Creek, condition is passable to clear. Tread is well defined and easy to follow. as you get closer to Alder Creek there are some thick section of scrub oaks along the trail. Poison oak becomes more prevalent as you reach Alder Creek.

From Alder Creek to Alder Camp, passable to clear. Tread is well defined and easy to follow. One deadfall across the trail. Lots of encraoching posion oak on thie section, approx 1/2 to 3/4 mile.

A great trail to hike for those inclined to take this trip. 14 miles round trip, 2700 foot elevation gain and loss from Highway 1. Take lots of water or at least a filter. Great cooing off spots at Villa Creek Camp and Villa Creek itself.
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mikesplain
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Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: May 18, 2009
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

reported by: brad

Difficult hike with a lot of great views of the coastline and southern mountains. Many ticks along the way, especially near the beginning of the trail. There is still decent water available at the 2 mile mark where the stream cascades down the mountain. Several spots past the stream on the trail are covered by some rockslides and some spots are overgrown by small brush. The Buckeye campsite is well worth the hike and a perfect place to rest and either hike back or continue on. The picnic table is still there and in ok condition and the spring still has the hose and a good flow. The large canopy provides wonderful shaded area for hikers, campers and FLIES!! There were flies EVERYWHERE....take a head net if you want to enjoy the campsite! Some good suggestions for gear on this hike include plenty of water, sunscreen, head net, pants for ticks, water filter if you dont like to carry a lot of water and of course a camera! This hike should take an experienced hiker about 4-5 hours.
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mikesplain
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Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: May 3, 2009
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Tim
Specific = Evidence of recent clearing in the first mile. From the 2 mile mark on, the trail can sometimes give way with loose dirt and significant drops, so watch your step! Hiking this trail requires packing lightly. Carrying a 65LB pack up this trail was a mistake. Incredible amounts of poison oak to watch for at foot and face level. Spectacular coastal views make this hike worth it. This intermediate hiker averaged 1 hr per mile with a 65Lb pack in tow. Enjoy!
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2/19/09 Report by William Salmon

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Date Hiked: February 19, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Specific = (Second part of report from Salmon Crk Trail)19-20 Feb 2009. Two days of uphill to our car on S. Coast Rd., and 3,000 ft to climb, parts of trails are Difficult! Lower Buckeye needs brushing, one bad slide with small tree and roots we climbed over. Some narrow 'goat-track' trails looking out over the Pacific. Some wild flowers are out, poison oak beginning to leaf out. We camped out on the rim, didn't quite make it to Buckeye Camp, we climbed over 2,000 ft elevation. I heated water for dinner, took in the views of Big Sur Coast, watched the sun go down with a 'green-flash' doesn't get much better than that. Next day we found water from piped spring at a very spacious Buckeye Camp. The guidebook said look for two Oak Trees not two Pine Trees, we got turned around for a minute. Hiked to Upper Cruikshank camp, (signs are good in this area). A moderate uphill hike to Silver Camp, good spring water from the pipe; lots of water from small tributaries. More goat tracks, mud & gravel slides below exfoliated rocks, one downed tree but passable. Trail is clear to Silver Peak jeep road, with a gradual climb all day. Cooler on the north side of Silver Peak. A white picket to mark Silver Peak trail from the jeep road. Walked past Lion's Den and out to the car. Access Rd from Highway 1 is good in dry weather, not too many signs, but good driving for 4 wheel drive. I would recommend this trip in late Winter or Spring, the temperatures are comfortable. Watch the rainstorms, wait for the water levels to go down if there is a fast and deep creek to ford.
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