Hike to Upper Cruickshank Camp

Rate this Adventure 5.2 miles 1564 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by The Outbound Collective

The Cruickshank Trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp is a 5.2 mile out and back hike in Los Padres National Forest, near Big Sur. This is a great day hike option or an overnight for those interested in backpacking.

Park on the shoulder of Cabrillo Highway and begin your ascent! Once the trail turns inland, you can hike down to a river for a break by the rushing water (this is a good place to refill waters - don't forget a pump or a filter). Once you get to Upper Cruikshank, descend down to the river and find an amazing campsite at Villa Creek. 

You will be rewarded for your ascent efforts with absolutely beautiful views of the ocean. Watch for Condors and poison oak! Dogs are allowed on this trail on a leash. The trail remains open year-round, and wildflowers are abundant in the spring. 

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Chillin
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Stay Nearby

69345 California 1

Plaskett Creek Campground

Overview Plaskett Creek Campground offers a beautiful location just minutes from Sand Dollar Beach, one of the largest and most popular beaches in central California. The campground gives visitors ...

From $35/night

Greenfield, California

Arroyo Seco

Overview Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California's westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and pro...

From $25/night

Big Sur, California

Big Sur Lodge

This 62 rooms lodge, handles Wedding and Corporate events up to 100 people. The Restaurant sever Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and the Café and store are open daily.

From $199/night

Paicines, California

Pinnacles Campground

Overview Pinnacles Campground is located in the unique Pinnacles National Park, 32 miles south of Hollister, California. The park encompasses 26,000 acres of spectacular rock formations and remnant...

From $30/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Camp at San Martin Top

    San Martin Top is a magical spot overlooking the coast in Big Sur. Accessible via a rutted, windy dirt road, it’s remote enough to guarantee some privacy though you’ll see fellow adventurous souls on surrounding ridges. Take care on the drive up, ...

  • Hike Salmon Creek and Falls

    Feel free to hike Salmon Creek Trail at your own pace – you can choose to turn back at any point, or at the Spruce (2 miles in) or Estrella (3.25 miles in) sites. The trail leads to open vistas of the coast, giving stunning views of the cliffs and...

    4 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Explore Salmon Creek Falls

    The trailhead to Salmon Creek Falls is located along a pullout just 45 miles south of Pfieffer Burns State Park on the Highway 1. The falls are only about .25 miles from the trailhead, perfect for a quick visit if you are already driving through B...

    0.25 miles

  • Camp Out in the Human Nest

    Located about 40 miles south of the entrance to Big Sur, Treebones Resort has everything you need for that weekend away from the screens we look at everyday. To get there, drive south on HWY 1 from Carmel. It takes about 1 hour, but the drive is e...