Salmon Creek Trail to Spruce and Estrella Camps [CLOSED]

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Los Padres National Forest

Salmon Creek Trail to Spruce and Estrella Camps is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jolon, California that features a waterfall 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.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,853 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Directions from Kernville: Travel 38 miles northeast on Mtn. 99, Sherman Pass Rd. (22S05) and Cherry Hill Rd. (22S12).

1 month ago

According to park guidelines, this trailhead is CLOSED due to COVID-19 https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5347980

Salomon Creek trail to Lions Den Camp. Large elevation climb. Great views through the hike.

Steep and narrow. Tree down at river crossing blocking path. Trekking poles and good sole shoes needed. First mile is all elevation gain.

hiking
4 months ago

first mile is steep, levels off to turn. The dutra trail part was muddy with some narrow drops and some trees down. the creeks were raging. gorgeous even tho we didn't make it the whole way.

backpacking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Easy to track the trail. A little rocky in places. Slightly muddy into Spruce. No bugs. Lots of poison oak.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! If you’re not in the mood to hike there’s a beautiful waterfall right at the beginning not too far in, but if you are —it’s a beautiful hike with tons of rewarding views. A lot of poison oak this time of year though; recommend covering up and washing with tecnu soap afterwards.

Beautiful. Water crossing is over ankle deep. Miles seem wrong though. Definitely more than 5.6 to the camp.

hiking
5 months ago

Didn’t do the full hike, just hiked a mile up and back. Great views of the valley/ocean. Start your hike going to see the falls first!

Spectacular 16 mile loop today. Went Salmon Creek Trail to Ridge Road to Cruikshank Trail to Buckeye Trail. Had ideal conditions: - Fantastic sunny, mild weather - Creeks flowing - No bugs - Clear trails - Very little poison oak - Very few people (saw 3 hikers & 2 backpackers) Got a lot of great photos. Soul is fortified!

Good trail mainly uphill great views spruce campground really nice camped there for the night caught rain trail is very narrow in some part and narrow along cliff sides

hiking
6 months ago

Did an overnight up to Estrella. The trail was well kept and marked, but be cautious if you are afraid of heights because it can be scary in some places. My husband wasn’t afraid, so maybe I’m just a baby? But I made it and it was amazing. Nice springs along the way to fill up on water. The camps were very nice and spread out. We didn’t attempt to get to the waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

Done Salmon Creek couple times. This time is has been cleared the best towards the top before hitting the road which goes to Lion Den camp. Still bugs out. Some water still going but for sure needs to be filtered.

hiking
8 months ago

It’s nowhere near Jolon

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, signs are a bit difficult to spot.

hiking
bugs
over grown
9 months ago

A bit overgrown and buggy. Like most of the trails in the area, this one starts off steep. Great views above the marine layer. Hiked through Spruce camp (tiny) and on to Estrella (bigger). But I was just out for a day hike and not camping. Bring poles to save your knees on the descents.

hiking
9 months ago

What an awesome trail! Starts right off with a considerable incline. Take the marked side trail fo the falls. I felt like I was in The Jungle Book! We continued through Spruce Camp ( to return for an overnight! ) and on to Estrella Camp. Continuing on wasn’t marked, but it was a good place to turn around for the day. The whole terrain was amazing to me. The trail is often cut into a high ledge on a steep mountainside, but the plant life is so abundant you sometimes don’t notice. Beautiful!

hiking
10 months ago

love and woo

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Great stroll- definetly not a hike by any means but it's beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail- spruce camp only has about 2-3 spots so we continued to Estrella which has lots of space. Trail In good condition all the way to the top of ridge road! Would definitely do again as part of the greater loop.

Spectacular views on well graded steep trail.

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

Camped just past Camp Estrella since it was pretty full (Memorial Day Weekend). Spruce Camp and several dispersed spots were along the way too. Pretty tough elevation gain but worth it. Parking was tight near the trailhead (not much of a lot) and zero cell service in the area. Overall a beautiful hike and great overnight full of stars.

hiking
Fri Apr 19 2019

Great hike! Steep at first but levels out half way through. Beautiful ocean views followed by a great hike through the forrest. You will be by Salmon Creek which has tons of waterfalls. We brought our dog and she was off leash all the time with no problem. My GPS watch recorded 7 miles and 1969 feet in elevation gain.

hiking
rocky
Sun Apr 14 2019

This was a great trail for a 2 night backpacking trip. My husband and I backpacked to Estrella camp in the rain on the first day, headed out on the trail at 1pm and made it to camp at 4pm. The rain died down right when we got there and we set up camp. Spruce was a bit too wet to make camp there. But watch for the orange Salamanders here they are cool. The 2nd day we day hiked up to the ridge road and over to the Lion Dens camp. We had lunch here and hung out for a bit. There is a small creek here as well. But like I said small. Also a lot of nats On our hike out we stopped at salmon creek falls, this is an absolute must!!!! So beautiful the falls are raging and lots of pools to take a swim in.

Fantastic all-day hike. Ton of friendly backpackers along the way but fewer the deeper in. Parking was great with 20+ spots. Path was very well maintained by volunteers and rangers. No water hazards. Gets dense for half mile at 4.5 miles in. Lion Den campsite was a great destination for a 13 mile out and back.

hiking
Mon Jan 14 2019

Gorgeous hike

hiking
Sun Nov 18 2018

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