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Salmon Creek Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 5.00 Miles

The Salmon Creek Trail is a scenic 5.00 mile trail in the Silver Peak Wilderness in Monterey County . The trail connects the South Coast Ridge Road (20S05.6) and the Highway 1. You can access the trail from Highway 1 at 35.81531, -121.35862. Please let us know if you have explored this trail recently.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 6E11
  • Wilderness Area: Silver Peak
  • County: Monterey County
  • Ranger District: Monterey Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 35.81531
  • Trail-head Longitude: -121.35862
  • Water Sources: Salmon Creek
  • Trail Condition: Kind of Good - Little to no bushwacking and easily followable
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Creek
    • Day Hiking
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 4035 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 978 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 18 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 10 %.
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Survey Photos:

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-29-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 09-14-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 09-14-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:There were many parts of the trail above Estrella camp and below the Coast Ridge road that were barely passable on foot - very overgrown and the trail surface was loose at times and would slide out from under you. There is a very loose slide that has made the trail disappear. There is another slide further down that does have a small path cut into it.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrown and landslide
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 07-29-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 07-29-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Lower and upper part of the trail is fine. The middle is where the challenge is!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work

Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 04-16-2017 - by Robert Gunn
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 04-16-2017
Surveyor Name:Robert Gunn
Trail description:On April 13th we completed a Highway 1 closure-modified 3 day backpack loop through the southern section of Silver Peaks Wilderness. Salmon Creek trail is clear and in good condition from the trailhead to the junction with Spruce Creek trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 06-14-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 06-14-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Article in the SB Independent about the Salmon Creek Trail, by Richie Demaria:

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Salmon Creek Trail Survey - 02-14-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Salmon Creek Trail
Date: 02-14-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:After estrella it gets thin on parts of the trail and planta overgrowing the trail on some parts definetly all uphill basically until you get to the fire road. Its ablut 2.5 miles but it feels like 4 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:A little overgrown

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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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