Salmon Creek Trail

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mikesplain
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: August 12, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Reported by Gier:

Section- Salmon Creek Trailhead to Spruce Camp-
-No significant population of invasive weeds in this area (aside from the fennel and the pampas grass in the beginning of the trail.
-The beginning of the trail is very confusing. The trail lacks signage and direction. We almost got lost following the creek. aside from that, the trail has no major issues.
-There is water in the creek nearby Spruce, and a little garbage problem.

Section- Spruce Camp to Estrella Camp-
-Trail has no major issues
-Estrella Camp has water, no waste problem

Section- Estrella Camp and beyond
-There is a very bad erosion issue just above Estrella Camp. Even we had a problem crossing it. The side of the mountain/hill is gravel and erodes easy.
-Aside from that, no significant issue in the trail. We stopped before we reached the road since one of us wasn't feeling well. We turned around and marked the point in the GPS.
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jbl
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Salmon Creek Trail-to Spruce Camp

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Date Hiked: April 6, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

The section of Salmon Creek Trail up to Spruce Camp continues to be a Wilderness Freeway
TheForestKeeper
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Salmon Creek Trail Maintenance Report

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Date Hiked: April 7, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Having crossed paths with numerous people over the past year complaining about the upper Salmon Creek Trail (some of them bloody, clothes ripped, and infected with poison oak), I decided to invest in some loppers and go merrily lopping my way up from Estrella Camp to the Coast Ridge Road. I've put in about 12 hours of work over the course of the last two weekends. Last weekend was a day hike and nearly knocked me out. I couldn't wear a pack the next day. This weekend however I got about 8 hours of work there clearing the heavy brush and poison oak that created a number of brush tunnels fit for a skinny muchkin. I'm a six footer with a large frame and I'd rate this trail now as Clear greater than 98% of the trail. The remaining less than 2% is some areas of mild (not bothersome) chamise encroachment that is not up to my eyeballs and I felt was easy enough to get through and also chamise seems to repel poison oak so there's none of that in those regions. There are a minor few areas where there are residual poison oak above waist, I'm trying to mentally count and can only count one place where I left some living. Personally, I've never been bothered per se by poison oak, it only bothers me when it gets under the surface from cuts or scrapes. So I was very brave and really hacked back at it and yanking it out of the overstory. There should only be like 3 places on the entire trail you have to stoop down a wee bit. And you should be able to avoid it fully except for the ground cover kind. The vine and bush poison oak are completely clear.

As for my method of picking which areas to concentrate on initially, anything that slightly caught at my clothing or pack got whacked back. Some areas I hit 3 separate times where I can tell I mentally accepted a slight improvement only to find on a later trip that it needed quite a bit more hacked away. Oh, also I cleaned up the Cruikshank Trail real good like between Lions Den Camp and the Coast Ridge Road. There should only be one place you have to squeeze through, maybe 50 feet of hitting some oak and chamise, but nothing that will catch on your pack. I'm hoping to see more brave souls go all the way up to the top now. The only bad areas are chamise and that's nothing to be wary of!
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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[b]Date Hiked:[/b] March 12, 2013
[b]General Condition:[/b] Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

salmon creek trail from spruce creek (san carpoforo) trailhead to end of trail at highway 1.
trail is easy to follow through this section as it drops down to highway 1.
RSI SamE
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: January 28, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Salmon Creek Trail
Twixt Hwy 1
And Spruce Creek Trail
• Trail: Wilderness Freeway
• People: 0
• Signage: Signs present at highway and Spruce Creek Trail junction. The latter is heavily graffitied, mostly names.
Rainer

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by Rainer »

Date Hiked: February 9, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I did the following loop:
Hwy 1 --> Salmon Creek Trail --> Coast Ridge Road --> Silver Peak Usetrail to Silver Peak --> Soda Wildtrail --> Buckeye Trail

Salmon Creek Trail: Mostly clear, but suffers from encroaching brush as it nears Coast Ridge Road. I therefore rate it "Passable".
Silver Peak Usetrail: Mostly clear, but has a few brief sections with annoying vegetation.
Soda Wildtrail: This one is bad. Full contact wrestling with ceanothus until at last it reaches the hilltop from which it descends to the Buckeye Trail. The trail is still there, but extremely hard to follow. Almost "Impassable".
Buckeye Trail: Clear.
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gfelsman
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: February 9, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Eight of us hiked the Salmon Creek Trail from HWY 1 to Dutra Flat and back. We had a crisp and cold morning but it was quite pleasant by the time we reached Dutra Flat. We saw plenty of wildflowers on the way, Shooting Stars, Chocolate Lilies, Hounds Tongue, Iris and Milk Maids to name a few.

The trail itself is as follows:

Salmon Creek to Dutra Flat/Spruce Creek Junction, Clear with some encroaching brush.

Spruce Creek Trail to Saddle, Passable to Clear plenty of encroaching brush. A couple of trees down across the trail, one just past the Spruce Creek Slide a large oak came down. Luckily there was an easy place to duck under and around the tree. Another oak came down a little further but was easy to step over.

Dutra Flat, the spring is flowing well, making it muddy just before the camp. The cows have made a mess of that section.

All in all it was a beautiful day.
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RCreek

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by RCreek »

Date Hiked: January 16, 2013
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

We did a loop hike up Salmon Creek, down Cruikshank, then over on Buckeye - three nights. Great hiking weather, though cold at night. No one but us doing any backpacking.
Salmon Creek Trail is clear up through Estrella, with plenty of water at both Estrella and Spruce Creek Camps. After Estrella the trail is being overgrown with brush, but did not require pack removal or crawling, and was easily visible.
RSI SamE
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Re: Salmon Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: October 28, 2012
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

Salmon Creek Trail
Twixt Coast Road
And Spruce Creek Trail
• Trail: Difficult (brushy)
• People: 0
• Signage: Sign on Coast Road lacks destinations, no sign at Spruce Camp
• Note 1: Lots of brush and yucca between Coast Road and Estrella Camp. Trail falls away at one point and is almost gone.

Salmon Creek Trail
Twixt Spruce Camp
And Highway 1
• Trail: Clear
• People: 6
• Signage: Sign at trail head clear. No sign down to Salmon Falls.
• Note 1: Lots of camps at Salmon Falls.
• Note 2: Coming out of Spruce Camp are two trails which merge later.
• Note 3: Another trail splits off near highway 1 only to rejoin the main trail shortly.
Hillary

Re: Salmon Creek Trail

Post by Hillary »

Date Hiked: November 2, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Did the Salmon Creek Trail - Cruikshank Trail - Buckeye Trail loop this weekend. The segment from HWY 1 on Salmon Creek Trail to Estrella Camp was a wilderness freeway; I don't recall any difficulties. Water at Estrella Camp was plentiful. From Estrella Camp up to South Coast Ridge Road was Passable/Difficult. At no point did we lose the trail, but it was heavily overgrown with about 2 miles of "duck and plow" style hiking. There was one sketchy section where there had been a slide and we had to pick our way across about 30' of interesting terrain. And it was HOT HOT HOT this weekend! Phew! Had a great time, but definitely have some scrapes and bruises from the segment between Estrella Camp and S. Coast Ridge Road. It was worth it - hiking poles and long sleeves recommended!
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