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Buckeye Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (4)

Phenominal singletrack with ocean views, cool springs, oak groves, and the southernmost grove of coastal redwoods.


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Map Key

8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

Point to Point

2,302' 702 m

High

371' 113 m

Low

1,408' 429 m

Up

3,310' 1,009 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views

The northern trailhead from Monterrey/Big Sur is not currently accessible due to the Mud Creek Slide.

Description

This is the best trail in the Silver Peak Wilderness. It is definitely worth doing in and of itself as an out-and-back or as part of a larger loop.

Getting there: Follow SR1 north from Ragged Point for 3.7 miles to the Salmon Creek Ranger Station. Getting there from Monterrey/Big Sur is not currently possible due to the mud creek slide. Alternately, take Cruickshank East, Cruickshank West, or Villa Creek Trails to their terminus at a 4-way intersection.

Directions: This trail can currently be accessed from the 4-way intersection with Cruickshank East, Cruickshank West, and Villa Creek Trails. Follow signs for Buckeye Camp/SR1. Shortly after the trail begins, and following the trail south, you'll hike through the southernmost grove of coastal redwoods. The trail steeply climbs through an oak grove along a smooth and heavily switchbacked trail. The climb ends on a ridgeline with phenomenal views of the Big Sur coast.

The next two miles traverse an exposed ridgeline in grassland typical of the Central Coast and descends into Buckeye Camp. Buckeye Camp is located in an oak grove on the east side of an open meadow. Soda Spring is on the south side of the meadow. There are numerous use trails so continue through the meadow and find a sign for Buckeye Trail. The trail continues right and uphill through the Oak Grove.

After a short climb, the trail continues a 3.5 mile descent into the Salmon Creek Ranger Station. The trail is smooth with great views of the Big Sur Coast.

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Shared By:

Chris Fa

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  4.0 from 4 votes

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Hiking along the end of the route overlooking the ocean.
Mar 24, 2022 near Lake Na…, CA

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Aug 16, 2022
Sophia Barwegen
Villa Creek Out
Mar 24, 2022
Dylan Freebairn-Smith
Did it backwards from salmon creek station and only made it to villa creek. 3/21/22-3/24/22
Feb 15, 2021
Lisa Roach
Toward Buckeye Camp and back to trailhead. 7mi — 3h 00m
Apr 1, 2012
Sonia Boller