Salmon Creek Trail

Al Normandin

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by Al Normandin »

Date Hiked: December 6, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is clear to Spruce and Estrella Camps. The only possible confusion of trail direction was at the two camps as several very short dead end side spurs led to other camp sites or to the stream below for water. Even the trail cuts in steep hillsides had at least a foot wide clearance. Small water flows provide water at these camps. The remaining 2 1/2 miles of trail to Coast Ride Road is very brushy and the steep hillside trail cuts were severely eroded making it somewhat dangerous. But at all points the trail direction was obvious. The steep shaped narrow canyon portions were in fairly good shape. But the sunny and open wide canyon areas often with south facing slopes were heavily grown in making the wearing of long pants required. Chaparral shrubs like Chamise were heavily grown in making it unavoidable to not plow through them. Surpringingly the poison oak (leafless at this time of year) was mostly avoidable. Although this should be a low season for ticks, I found 4 ticks on me due to the overgrowth. On Coast Ride Road there were easily seen quality trail signs for both Salmon Creek and Cruickshank trialheads should anyone want to hike a shuttle required U-shape hike.
trail_guy

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: July 1, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail is mostly free of Poison oak as far as Spruce Creek campground . The trail at the "Spruce Creek Slide" between Spruce Creek and Estrella campgrounds has been cleared of debris. River crossing at Spruce Creek easy. Ticks are present on the trail. Spruce Creek trail towards Dutra Flats been cleared of poison oak for about the first two miles. Bring your own clippers for the rest. A short detour has been cut around the very large tree that is across the trail about 2 miles in. Water available along Salmon and Spruce creeks.
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: May 23, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Five of us hiked the Salmon Creek Trail today. It was a beautiful day. Cool and no bugs. The trail itself is in good condition all the way to Estrella Camp. Very little encroaching brush or PO. The slide above Spruce Camp has been greatly improved. The work was not done by a CCC crew as mentioned below. The work made this section of trail easily passable again exposing some of the work done over 12 years ago by volunteers from the SLO area. If we can keep the duff off the trail here. This section of trail may stabilize further in the future making for a great hike.

Water is flowing nicely in Salmon, Spruce and Estrella Creek.

It was a busy weekend. Lots of backpackers and day hikers on a trek down the hill. The good this is we saw all age groups using the trail, young couples, families with kids and many groups of friends.

As of today there were no fires in any fire pit we came across.

I have attached of few photos of the Spruce Creek Slide as it looks today.
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Salmon Creek Slide in 2009, the tread is a foot wider, closer to Forest Service standards.
Salmon Creek Slide in 2009, the tread is a foot wider, closer to Forest Service standards.
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015. Removing the rock another foots would make it look like the 2009 reconstruction making it even easier to traverse.
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015. Removing the rock another foots would make it look like the 2009 reconstruction making it even easier to traverse.
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
Salmon Creek Slide Repair 2015
7rail_guy

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by 7rail_guy »

Date Hiked: May 21, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The trail is mostly free of Poison oak as far as Spruce Creek campground . The trail at the big washout between Spruce Creek and Estrella campgrounds has been widened by a CCC trail crew. River crossing at Spruce Creek OK. Ticks are present on the trail in sunny sections. Spruce Creek trail towards Dutra Flats been cleared of poison oak for about the first two miles past the junction. Bring your own clippers for the rest. A short detour has been cut around the very large tree across the trail about 2 miles in. Water available along Salmon and Spruce creeks.
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: February 14, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked Salmon Creek Trail from Highway 1 to Estrella campground where we stayed for the weekend. We were there for a holiday weekend and on Saturday night almost every "campsite" at Estrella was full, although plenty of space to make camp around those. Trail was well maintained and clear. Very little poison oak that we saw. The slide just past Spruce was passable although very narrow in places with loose gravel. Water crossings were relatively easy. A pole made both the slide areas and the water crossings much easier. Plenty of water in the creek. Beautiful hike overall!
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: January 3, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)
Removed Tree before Spruce Creek Junction
Removed Tree before Spruce Creek Junction
Date Hiked: January 3, 2015
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Darlene and I hiked the Salmon Creek Trail today to Spruce Camp and a bit beyond to the Slide about 1/4 mile from Spruce and Salmon Creek confluence.

The trail is in good shape all the way to the Spruce Creek Junction. Almost no encroaching brush to speak of . It can be classified as a Wilderness Freeway in most parts. Clear the few remaining Spots. The trail survived the December storms well.

The tree just before the Spruce Creek Junction has been cleared.

Crossing Spruce Creek was easy as the water flow was not that great. Apole always helps with this crossing. The Slide above Spruce Camp could really use some work. Especially the hanging cliff above the far end which one has to take his pack off our get on all fours to get around in most cases.
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Salmon Creek Canyon
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mgdigger
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by mgdigger »

Date Hiked: October 17, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

There is a large dead fall a few yards before the Spruce creek junction. Not an easy climb over as it is a good three and a half foot drop on the far side.
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dead fall across Salmon creek trail
dead fall across Salmon creek trail
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail to Spruce Creek Trail Junction

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Date Hiked: September 27, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Ten of us hiked the Salmon Creek Trail to Dutra Flat today. The weather was perfect, cool breeze and not to warm. Bugs were at a minimum. The trail itself is clear all the way to Spruce Creek Trail Junction, except for a couple of small slides and a large Bay tree about 3 feet in diameter came down across the trail just before Spruce Creek Junction. One can get over it relatively easily. Someone had but a large nail in the top to use as a hand hold. Note, early in the morning the tree was covered in biting ants.

Quick Note: Dutra Flat Camp is dry. There is no running water coming out of the pipe and the trough is totally empty. You may find water if you know where the spring box is.
Orion

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: September 20, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked to Estrella Camp on Saturday with a group. We were left mid-morning and met up with a ranger when we got to Spruce Camp. The water was flowing well, but someone had thrashed one of the campsites and lit a fire despite current restrictions. We continued on to Estrella but things go a bit dicey just past Spruce, where the is a landslide, and the trail narrows considerably for 30-40 ft, and you almost have to hug a rock face. The path is crumbly with slide material. Once you get past that, the trail is fine. We were the first group there, and campsites filled up quickly once the sun started setting so get there early if you are going on the weekend and want your pick of the best campsites. Plenty of water at Estrella, but not flowing as quickly as Spruce. Temps stayed around 50 overnight. Enjoyed it, and Ill go back some day, but it reminded me how old and out of shape I am.
Wonderer

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by Wonderer »

Date Hiked: September 21, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

Hiked from Hwy. 1 to Estella camp. The trail was clear and well maintained, and even a couple of areas where the trail had eroded were repaired recently.
It rained a bit a few days ago, and there was plenty of water at Spruce Camp (a few guys were actually swimming in the stream in a waist-deep pool). Continuing on toward Estrella Camp, we found adequate water there, but flowing pretty slowly. Ran into a cool couple at Estrella at one campsite, and a couple of families were at the one down by the river. Overall, a fantastic hike - trail was in very good condition, and there was plenty of water. Highly recommended!
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