Location: Silver Peak Wilderness, Monterey County, CA
Miles: 4.2 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Users: Hikers, dogs , and horses permitted. No mountain bikes. No wheelchair access.
The Salmon Creek Trail, which is also known as the Cruickshank Trail, offers a wonderful place to explore the wilderness just off Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast.
The trail starts you out with a fairly steep climb up an ocean-front ridge. It is definitely worth the hike as there are some wonderful views located up and down the entire coast. There is a wonderful view to the north that shows the gorgeous winding coast.
It is recommended that you wear long pants when hiking this trail as you will battle through some brush that encroaches on the trail, which is a bit narrow in spots.
If you want a closer view of the ocean there is a trail that extends down to a point off of the trail. It is a single track that begins by climbing to high ocean views and then heads inland by a canyon wall that offers relaxing pockets of cooling redwoods and oaks. There are several trail camps located along the way.