Days: 2-3 Days
Milage: 20 +
Elevation Gain/lost: +2380’/-1490″
Max Elevation : 4,700′
Min Elevation: 294′
Location: Big Sur
Trail Head: 36.246075, -121.780149
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Sykes Hot Springs is a popular hiking destination in the Ventana Wilderness. The actual springs are farther down the creek than one is led to believe in a few of the guidebooks. Sykes Hot Springs has stone lined natural tubs that sometimes gets washed out in winter storms. They are about 8-10 feet long and knee deep; it averages about 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
The 10-mile hike from Big Sur Station to Sykes is strenuous. Elevation gain and loss are considerable, trees often fall across the trail making passage difficult. Be prepared to cross the chilly Big Sur River numerous times to get to the camp and to springs, and always use caution. This is NOT a beginner’s trip!