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Big Sur Backpacking - April 5-8, 2014

What: Big Sur Backpacking
When: April 5-8, 2014
Where: Big Sur, Sliver Peak Wilderness 
Who: Intermediate Backpackers (has gone at least once on a Troop 33 backpacking trip) 
Cost: $20
SIC: Kai Jarmon
Activity Coordinator: Tom Marchok


At the far south end of Big Sur country, in Los Padres National Forest, are the little-visited destinations of Silver Peak and Salmon Creek.  This is a 4 day 3 night backpacking trip to explore this area,  specifically in the Sliver Peak Wilderness.  Some Big Sur trails instantly reward you with giant redwoods and rocky streams. This one requires you to work a bit for it.  For the first several thousand feet we ascend a series of moderately steep switchbacks which take us up the mountain.  We will veer north and then east around the mountain and enter the Silver Peak Wilderness area. Our plan is as follows:

April 5, Day 1:  Everyone Arrive LAUMC at 7:30am for 8:00am takeoff.  

           Day 1: Start at Cruikshank trailhead and hike 3 miles with about 1200 feet of climbing to go to Villa Creek Camp for our first night.  

April 6, Day 2:  Hike 4 miles with about 1900 feet of climbing to nearly to the top of the Silver Peak wilderness at Lion Den Camp

           Day 2:  Optional day hike to Silver Peak
April 7, Day 3:  Hike 5.6 miles with about 1240 feet of climbing to Buckeye Camp
April 8, Day 4:  Hike 5 miles out with only about 340 feet of climbing to the Cruikshank trailhead.  
           Day 4:  Arrive at LAUMC at 5:00pm

Please take a look at the overview and photos below to get a sense of the Silver Peak Wilderness



                                                                             Villa Creek Camp                                                                                                                 Lion Den Camp

Looking up the coast from Buckeye Trail on the ridge south of Buckeye Camp

                            Buckeye Camp


Judy Bergwerk,
Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM