Cruickshank Trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Cruickshank Trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles
1,368 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips



wild flowers


5 months ago

Gorgeous views. I’d rate this as a moderate-difficult trail especially if backpacking on a hot day. The beginning is very steep but gets better after that. There’s a small creek still flowing about 2 miles into the hike and when you get to buckeye camp there’s a hose with running water but we still filtered it not knowing where it was from. Our campsite was overlooking the ocean so we watched the sun set and then slept under the stars. Can’t beat that!

9 months ago

Once you get to Upper Cruikshank descend down to the river for an awesome campsite at Villa Creek

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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.

Monday, January 20, 2014

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.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016