Overall: This trail is best used as a connector. Although pleasant enough, it is not worthy of a trip in and of itself.
Getting there: The trailhead is located on South Coast Ridge Road about 0.1 miles north of Salmon Creek Trail
. You can get here by car via South Coast Ridge Road (4x4 dirt road) or by hiking up Salmon Creek Trail
Directions: From the ridgeline, start downhill through low scrub brush. At 0.5 miles, continue past Lion Den Camp and begin a 0.5 mile climb through a burned, rocky moonscape. At 1.0 mile there is an intersection with a use-trail to Silver Peak. Stay right, continue downhill, and follow signs that simply say "trail". Miles 1-3 descend through a never ending brush tunnel with low clearance. At mile 3, there is a treacherous landslide obscuring the trail then a creek crossing. From miles 3-4, the trail opens up into a pleasant oak grove. The Cruickshank Trail - East terminates at a 4-way intersection. Continue right for Villa Creek Trail, straight leads to SR1 via Cruickshank Trail - West, left leads to Salmon Falls via Buckeye Trail