backpacking
4 months ago

This is a nice scenic trail. As other reviewers have said, there isn't as much coastal beauty as the Buckeye Trail, but it is nice in different ways. For one, there is a lot more water on this trail, as the Salmon Creek is alive and well, and the campgrounds along the way are pretty nice trail camps. Fall is pretty evident here with the leaves, but there is plenty of green and shade. The trail is easy to hike and well shaded, but seems to be more popular than the Buckeye, which is a tougher hike. Near the Spruce trail camp there is a fork, so you will want to go left for the Salmon Creek Trail, but I will be back to explore the Spruce Creek trail that branches off to the right at that point. Instagram @picbynathan

backpacking
4 months ago

Did a quick overnight from Salmon Creek Ranger station (non operational). Steep most of the way in to Buckeye camp but plenty of water even in September (2 creeks still flowing and plenty of water at the Rangers station and at buckeye camp). Overlooks were superb. Only 2 other hikers on the trail but brush was nicely cleared and no poison oak was reaching onto the trail. One small slide area about 1 1/2 miles before buckeye camp but besides that all of the trail was well maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike. First Mile is switch backs and straight up hill. Bring water and at least an energy bar. Gets narrow at times so watch your footing, especially past the pools very narrow and sandy.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Frank Kehl's review is spot on!

Here are my thoughts...

Environment: Tranquil solitude, serene, beautiful towering scenery, active stream, very enjoyable.

Direction: Immediately upon leaving HWY 1, there is a T-junction. Go left and travel about 2+ miles up the dirt road.

Parking: As you approach the coordinates of the trail, there is a convex bend in the road where you can park. We continued to the next major bend (concave), and parked there (about 3 spaces).

Trail head: We walked about 50-75 yards up the main dirt road to another dirt road on the left that T-junctions into the main dirt road. That T-junction is actually the trail head (and there are a few places to park down that dirt road before the road becomes impassable).

Trail: Initially, the trail is wide enough for a vehicle (though impassable)...until you reach a firepit. As you continue in the same direction of travel, you'll need to look for the single-file trail (it's not too hard to find). About 1/4 to 1/2 mile down the single-file trail, it splits into a low and a high trail. We took the low trail.

Shade: Redwoods and other large trees blanketed the trail with shade. Even on this hot August day the hike was a breeze. Even cooler at the creek.

Terrain: Downhill out, uphill back. So, conserve some energy for the return. An average person should be able to do this hike.

Creek: As you near the creek, the trail apprears impassable due to a large hollowed tree with tall flora growing in it. Simply part the flora and continue down the embankment. Was pleasanly suprised to see brook trout in the pools of water. Yes, flowing water in late August.

Dogs: Our canine family members enjoyed being off-leash...though I kept their electronic collars on. We did not encounter a single soul on the trail.

Poison Oak: Yes, sporatically on or near the trail. My friend is highly allergic. She initially covered exposed body parts with an aloe vera gel (to serve as a barrier). If she suspected contact, she then cleaned any body parts with rubbing alcohol, then water. Result one day later, no symptoms.

Bottom-line: Everything I expected, can hardly wait to go back and try the high trail.

Go...you will not be dissapointed.

6 months ago

I hiked this trail to Buckeye camp and back, and it was a beautiful trail. Four creeks were still flowing at the trickle level. The views of the coast are beautiful at the one mile point and there is plenty of beautiful mountain scenes. The trail is easy to follow but tricky in places, so watch your step. Also, most of the trail is uphill. Overall, very beautiful for the first 5 miles. I will be back to finish it to Villa camp Instagram @picbynathan

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Great place to venture with the family!! Kids loved playing in the pools and climbing the rocks and trees. Definitely one of our favorite spots to pull over.

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

tough hike but great views!

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

Dealt with a lot of rain the whole way which made the hike a lot of fun and a lot more difficult. Regardless it was still a good hike and we even got some snow on the way back.

hiking
Friday, December 11, 2015

Willow Creek Trail is a hidden gem in the Silver Peak Wilderness. Although the trailhead is only about 2.5 miles from Highway 1, it sees very light use. The trailhead is unsigned and there are currently no signs along the trail, either. Drive about 2.3 miles up the unpaved Los Burros Road near Treebones Resort and park about 50 yards before the start of the trail. The trail starts out as an abandoned road, and it's possible to drive about 1/2 mile down this road for a slightly shorter hike. The road then becomes impassable for vehicles, and eventually transitions to a single-track hiking path at the boundary of the Silver Peak Wilderness. The trail descends through mixed redwood groves on the south side of Willow Creek. A narrow side path just above the creek leads down to the site of an old swinging bridge. The bridge has been removed, and we could find no sign of it on our hike. The main trail continues upstream a short distance to reach two campsites along Willow Creek. The first site is in a small clearing and has a grill and fire pit. The second site, a few minutes' walk farther up the trail, is larger and has a dilapidated picnic table, a grill, and a fire pit. The trail continues beyond the second camp, but soon becomes impassable. This is a very beautiful area, and you'll probably have it all to yourself.

camping
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boyfriend and I took our first backpacking trip here! Uphill trek but good little primitive campsite near a pretty little river (Spruce Creek). We had a blast. Very secluded even in the peak season! Went skinny dipping in the falls the next morning as well:)

hiking
Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm not sure why everyone is giving them undeserving reviews. This trail is wonderful! So many views and turns, it would be great for an adventurous intense uphill jog. Views are amazing (went off the trail and climbed around) and its beautiful throughout the whole time. This is good for a close-to-home hike. If you are coming from a ways out, then i'm not sure how you would rate it, but it still is a really great place.

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

It's a good workout, but not terribly interesting. Most of the views are obstructed by the forest, and there are parts of the trail that feel a little dangerous because they've been wiped out by rock slides, so be careful. If you're interested in the view, I would recommend just doing the first mile, because you'll see pretty much all you would see in that mile. Make sure to do the detour to the falls!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016