Cruickshank Trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Big Sur, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Absolutely beautiful views of the ocean, moderate hike. Once the trail turns inland, you can hike down to a river for a break by the rushing water.
The trail starts with a long, slow ascent among tall grass and weeds for about the first 1.5 mi or so and then banks into a shaded forest area. There are a few camp areas and connections to other trails, but the junctions aren't very well marked so I turned around and made my way back to avoid getting lost.
This hike starts out going straight up for the first mile or so and is exposed to the sunshine and ocean. Then it flattens out and is under tree canopy for most of the time. There are a few campsites out there depending on where you go. We adventured around into some of the camps miles from the top. Found a perfect spot to camp at next to running water and pools to relax in. There are Condors nearby as well as other beautiful wildlife, only saw 2 people on trail in 8 miles.
The first mile or two are over grown, so expect to do some bushwhacking through poison oak. There's not many campsites but it's a nice area