Buckeye Trail

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gfelsman
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Re: Buckeye Trail - Villa Creek Camp to Alder Camp

Post by gfelsman »

Date Hiked: October 26, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Thanks to the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, USFS, Volunteers and American Conservation Experience Crews (ACE) the Buckeye Trail between Villa Creek Camp and Alder Camp is now clear. These crews spent two weeks in hot and buggy weather brushing and rebuilding tread along this beautiful Trail.

Enjoy your adventure along this and other trails along the Big Sur Coast. Remember a few things to help keep things nice and not start a major wildfire.

1. Leave No Trace - Pack out all your trash, TP and any equipment you bring in.
2. Campfires are not allowed in the backcountry
3. Stoves are permitted with a valid campfire permit
4. Be safe and err on the side of safety.
rcmd8418
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Re: Buckeye Trail

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

Hiked from the Cruikshank Trail junction to Buckeye and camped, then hiked out to the Salmon Creek station the next day. Trail was clear and pretty easy to follow, though we did get fooled by a short spur or two that went to a scenic vista. There was some encroaching poison oak that was generally avoidable if you are mindful. The spring was trickling but serviceable at Buckeye Camp.

The trail was narrow and very brushy at times between the Soda Springs Trail junction and Salmon Creek -- luckily it was just encroaching chaparral and not poison oak.
meb379

Re: Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: September 15, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from intersection with Cruikshank to the ranger station at Highway 1. The trail was easy to follow, though poison oak was encroaching fairly badly--pants are strongly recommended. This trail had some of the best views in the area, with several short side trails leading to scenic vistas. Water is flowing well, clear, and cold at Buckeye spring near the campground. We saw several day hikers in the first section before Buckeye campground.
Nic Stover

Re: Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: June 21, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

First of all. Thanks to those people that maintain these trails. After a suffer fest of epic proportions a few weeks prior on the completely unmaintained Black Cone trail and others in the area. This was great.

Trail was in excellent shape but I would still recommend long pants if you are sensitive to Poison Oak as it was still reaching over in a few places. No deadfall. Some minor creep from lower (but soft) brush in a few areas but no bushwhacking. Didn't see anyone else but I suspect that would not be the case on a weekend.

There was good water along the way. Easy to follow. Great views of the coast.
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gfelsman
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Re: Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: March 31, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Darlene and I had a chance to Patrol this trail all the way to Buckeye Camp. The trail is basically clear all the way to camp. There is one large oak about 1/3 mile past the Soda Springs Jct. That is easy to duck under.
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ammodramus

Re: Buckeye Trail

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Date Hiked: March 16, 2019
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked the Buckeye Trail as part of the Buckeye-Salmon-Creek-Cruickshank loop this weekend. Buckeye Trail was almost entirely clear, just a few easily navigable deadfalls. Water was abundant after the recent rains.
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gfelsman
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Re: Buckeye Trail - Cruickshank to Alder Camp

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Date Hiked: December 8, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From a friend of mine:

Carlos, Jerry and I had a great hike to Alder camp yesterday. As you know, the weather was perfect, the vegetation not dripping wet, and the trails not mushy after the last rain storm. We did a lot of brush trimming as we went and cut a few low hanging limbs that had fallen over the trail. The tread was mostly in good shape, but some areas could use work, and the brush was thickly growing into the trail where we got closer to Alder Creek. Both Villa and Alder Creeks were flowing well and could easily be crossed.
Inga

Re: Buckeye Trail - Villa Creek to Alder Creek

Post by Inga »

Date Hiked: September 9, 2018
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Very brushy and overgrown. Lots of poison oak. Parts of the trail have collapsed. Difficult to see trail (with multiple branching trails) at times but still passable. Stay alert.
leahforeman

Re: Buckeye Trail

Post by leahforeman »

Date Hiked: April 30, 2018
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

no difficulties other than some dead trees. wild flowers were out and the only wildlife we saw was a small cute newt. :) great time for this hike!
mmaki
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Re: Buckeye Trail North Villa Creek to Alder Creek CG

Post by mmaki »

Date Hiked: April 29, 2018
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Amazing how quickly this trail deteriorates once leaving Villa Creek heading north to Alder Creek CG. Very brushy and moderate poison oak. Difficult to find and follow at times, but with patience it is followable and passable. Condor Trail section hike.
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