The Cruickshank Trail is one of the premier trails in the Big Sur area because of its floral diversity, elevation gain and extremely rare Santa Lucia firs. Most of the other people I saw were backpackers going counterclockwise from Salmon Creek, but I did talk to two people from the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. The VWA is a truly wonderful organization that provides a lot of manpower to keep trails in the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas safe and enjoyable.
I had had my eye on this trail for a long time, and am extremely pleased to have knocked it out. The Big Sur area fascinates me for so many reasons, and I plan on visiting again.
It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
average hiking speed 1.74 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.