Cruickshank Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain5,092ft
Trailhead Elevation316ft
Elevation Min/Max316/3256ft
Elevation Start/End316/316ft

Cruickshank Trail

Cruickshank Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Silver Peak Wilderness and Los Padres National Forest. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 316 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,092 feet. The Cruickshank Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. The Lion Den Camp, Lower Cruikshank Camp, and Silver Camp sites, Silver Peak Wilderness and another information guidepost, and the Split Burnt Redwood tree can be seen along the trail. There are also a picnic site and viewpoints along the trail. This trail connects with the following: South Coast Ridge Road.

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"The Cruickshank Trail in the Silver Peak Wilderness begins from Highway 1 and climbs the exposed oceanfront hillside to magnificent coastal vistas before dropping into Villa Creek Canyon. The lush canyon path winds through giant redwood groves to Cruickshank Camp in an oak-shaded grassland."

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Silver Peak Wilderness
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Villa Creek
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