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Sykes Hot Springs via Pine Ridge Trail

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Sykes Hot Springs via Pine Ridge Trail is a 19.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, CA that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

19.5 miles 5646 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

Big Sur has many great destinations, but Sykes Hot Springs is definitely near the top of the list for anyone who has been there. It is roughly 9-10 miles to the Skyes campground, and limited climbing after the first 2 hours (which can be steep at times, and tiring in the direct sun). It is possible to treat it as a day hike, but it is recommended to take some time for the hike, as there are rolling green hills, several waterfalls, and wildflowers throughout the trail, none of which should be missed. The hot springs is about 8 feet across and a couple of feet deep--about the size for 4 adults, and it stays around 100 degrees depending on rain. Start by parking at the Ventana Wilderness area ranger station and heading towards the back parking lot.