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I did this back in October. What an absolutely incredible hike. However, I throughly suggest doing this is two days. We were insane and did it in 1 day and it absolutely kicked our butt. The beginning is a little slow and repetitive as far as scenery goes but the second half really takes you uphill quite a bit. There is a solid stretch on the uphill to the top where the trail is hardly marked at all (only Little Rock stacks) and it is a very loose rockface you have to scramble up. Be prepared for rocks to fall and take your time going up it. It’s a little longer than this app says, too. My Fitbit clocked us at about 23 miles by the time it was said and done.

Did a two-nighter out there a while back. Backpacked to one of the campsites a couple miles away from the hot springs and then hiked up to the springs the following day. Hot springs were nothing too impressive, but the hike up was really beautiful with just the right amount of elevation for a good workout.

As of today no snow on trail via the ridge, there are some parts on the ridge that require scramble experience. We tagged east and west summits, 12 hrs car to car.

backpacking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Stayed one night at marmot and went up to jade as a day hike. Heading up to jade is definitely worth it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, not crowded at all. Beautiful views, running water and two lakes!

Highly recommend making it up to Jade in one day if you can manage it. The views are much more dramatic from the top and although there are only 6 “defined” campsites, there is plenty of primitive flat-ish ground for a tent. Thankfully didn’t have to deal with any mosquitoes! Wonderfully beautiful hike!

Did the hike from Marmot to Jade Lake as a day hike and I'm glad we did! The boulder field was a beast to navigate without a pack, I can't imagine if we'd had ours with us. We saw plenty of people camping at Jade and No Name though, so it's definitely doable!

backpacking
4 months ago

Did this hike as a three day backpacking trip and loved every minute of it. Hike in and camped at Marmot Lake for two nights and then did Jade Lake as a day hike.

The trail was somewhat busy and crowded for Labor Day weekend (we met a ranger on our way up to Marmot and she told us that she counted at least 90 people camping there) but the lake is large enough and the campsites are spread out enough that when we set up camp, we saw maybe half a dozen people nearby.

All in all, weather was great (it did drop to the 30s at night, so come prepared for cold!), we saw maybe a handful of mosquitoes (but they weren't bad), and there were enough people on the trail to follow that the boulder fields weren't too difficult to navigate! Also, we saw dozens of pikas! The only downside to a busy trail is that not everyone followed the Leave No Trace policy. We saw a bag of excrement next to the trail near Jade Lake as well as some other trash along the trail. Just a reminder that there are backcountry toilets at both Jade AND Marmot Lake and, if you're bringing something into the backcountry, please pack it out.

backpacking
4 months ago

Did this hike with 1 night stay at Marmot Lake and day hiked to Jade. Rocky trail, but so worth it. Bugs were not bad. Encountered foggy weather and slight showers. No snow on trails. Fallen trees are only after Marmot lake.

what a great trail. It was beautiful and relatively easy.

backpacking
5 months ago

Good hike

Attacked by bugs the whole way. Very difficult hike but marmot lake was beautiful didn’t have enough time to go to jade but tried and all you do was go straight up which was even more difficult. But, the hike was worth it. Bring a lot of water

backpacking
5 months ago

Great hike with lots of flies and mosquitoes, but Jade Lake was well worth the effort to get there. I would definitely bring a mosquito suit or at least a head cover. My brother and brother in law ended up with well over 100 bites each.

Several of the campsites at Jade Lake are closed for restoration. The hike from Marmot to Jade was slow going up the rocks but not overly difficult.

The road to the trailhead was slow and bumpy. We were in a pickup, so it was fine.

Overall a great couple of days.

Tough hike but worth it. Be prepared to deal with lots of bugs.

How is the dirt road up to the Trailhead?

Flying into WA in a few weeks to hike and was curious the condition of the roads?

backpacking
5 months ago

My husband , 11 yr old and myself started out at the deception creek cut off trail (shaved off 5 miles) and headed down to the deception creek trail. Crossed 2 creeks and slowly ascended towards deception pass. There’s lots of water on the trail so be prepared to have wet feet. Also with all that water comes swarms of mosquitos and biting flies. Our bug spray did not help. We crossed creeks several more times and went through a beautiful meadow. Then we reached the pass and turned right into marmot lake trail. First, the trail climbed up then for a couple miles it descended. After about 4 miles we switch backed up to marmot lake. We camped overnight then climbed up the rocks to jade lake. The mosquitoes were not as bad up there and we loved the lake. It was gorgeous! After lunch, we climbed back down to marmot and decided to go home early as I had hundreds of bug bites. Next time I would wear to net and mosquito proof clothes.

backpacking
5 months ago

Did not make summit, stopped at ridge before due to friend not completely comfortable in the terrain. Still stunning views of Baker, Glacier, Stuart and Rainer. Started by hiking up to Peggy's pond and stayed the night. I came across the last part to Peggy's pond when it was getting dark, which was not ideal. It is loose, narrow in spots and route finding can be a little difficult. Peggy's pond is beautiful. Not too much snow to traverse, but we did bring our skis and did get to enjoy it off the top. Long way to carry skis, but always worth it. Worst part was the mosquitoes, they were brutal. Overall great hike, but taxing with a heavy pack.

backpacking
6 months ago

Grueling hike up from Deception Pass, requiring multiple snow field crossings (be prepared for your feet to fall through melting snow/ice). One particular section, just before the last mile of switchbacks, was not easily passable due to ice buildup and required a sketchy incline climb up and over the obstruction - not recommended for heavy packs. That said: amazing views, beautiful waterfalls, and Marmot Lake is a great reward for those willing to take the challenge.

Lovely trail, too bad it burned. Hope to go back soon to see how the forest is recovering. We camped at Barlow Flats and it was perfect...

This was one of my favorite hikes while living in California. With that said, the crowds had clearly taken a toll, so I'm actually hoping the closure means it will be relatively inaccessible for a considerable time. This place needs time to heal.

The Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes is closed indefinitely. Locally we hear 2-5 years. While this is a bummer for everyone, please understand that Sykes and the backcountry of Big Sur deserves a much needed break. For years, Sykes got crushed. Damming, Trash, Fire, and Destruction were the norm. Im not an Environmentalist, Conservation No one should be in the Backcountry Purists. I am a local Big Sur resident who advocates for the backcountry, because she has no voice. The Volunteer Wilderness Rangers are out on patrol, and if necessary can call USFS to escalate. There are many other trails listed here on this site. You can get into the backcountry, but for a while, it cannot be through the Pine Ridge Trail. lovebigsur.com

Has anyone gone on this trail while closed??

Did this years ago, before GPS.
I remember how sore I was and how quiet. I'm sure it's much more used now.

backpacking
7 months ago

The Parking Lot
Northwest Forest Pass required, but no day passes were available for purchase so we (and others) did not pay for a day pass. We put out the National Park pass, uncertain if it is suffice.

The Hike
Several feet of snow for most of the journey.

The Trip
We left Sunday around 10:15AM and made camp around 6:30PM, but did not reach the lake by sunset. Due to the limitations of our trip, we did not make it to Marmot or Jade Lake.

The Warnings
You will likely fall through the snow as it has been melting causing a thin surface layer of snow and nothing beneath it until your leg falls through the snow and your foot either hangs, hits the ground, or finds a stream. The trail is not noticeable for probably 5 of the 8 miles we hiked, but the three miles that you can see a trail is also majorly snow covered but tracked by hikers footprints in the snow. Of the several backpackers we talked with about the hike, only one made it to Jade Lake that we know of.

The Tips
Use GoogleMaps on your IPhone because service is not required. Try using your AllTrails App map to locate yourself and follow the trail (the app worked on my friends IPhone 7). Bring chalk and flagger tape if trekking in the snow. Be prepared to have wet feet (we used plastic bags to cover our feet the next morning due to wet shoes). Consider what you will do if you can't find a non-snowy spot to sleep (we weren't expecting much snow.)

The Verdict
A gorgeous hike that I hope to blaze again in the summer! A hard hike that may require off-trail hiking, steep inclines, and multiple river crossings!

backpacking
8 months ago

We did this hike with a group of friends over Labor Day weekend in 2017. It was a long difficult hike with many repeating elevation gains and drops but the journey and the views along the way were well worth it. It was deep into fire season and the Jolly Mountain fire closed the roads to the southern trailhead to Jade lake. We ended up starting our trip from the northern side of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We were fortunate in that the winds were blowing south and we didn’t hike in smoke. There were plenty of streams along the way for fresh water and about halfway to Marmot lake we picked wild huckleberries to recharge as we hiked. After spending the night on Marmot lake we hiked/climbed our way up to Jade lake. It was great to do this hike for our first backpacking trip but it was exhausting and did not come without blisters and a few missing toenails.

My friends and I hiked this for a multi-day camping trip in April '16. This was the first time I had ever been on an overnight hike. It was grueling at times and I would NOT recommend it for a first timer who is out of shape. The only reason I did fine on this hike was that I upped my fitness level a little in the weeks prior to the hike (simply by going for daily long walks). The one member of our party who hadn't hiked in a long time and who was totally out of shape had a really, really tough time. There is a lot of up and down, at times pretty steep, and you hit the ups pretty early in the hike. It being my first hike, I couldn't conceive of how hard that would be with a 50+ pound pack!

Having said that, it was a spectacular hike. It was raining most of the time, which we expected, but it was mainly a constant drizzle/mist which made the experience and the views really, really nice. The rain caused a couple of minor hazards, but nothing serious (just have to watch you footing more carefully). Had it been dry and warm, it would have been exponentially harder. Whenever they open this up again, if this is your first overnight hike, I would recommend going in late April (that's when we went) or early May for cooler temps and the chance for some rain (yes, personally, I prefer a little precip on this kind of hike). Also, if your level of fitness is low or non-existent, I'd at least do some daily light cardio for 2-3 weeks prior to your trip.

Again, this is a spectacular hike and I found it to be very rewarding to complete, on a personal level. Most of our party were experienced hikers, most of whom had done this hike before. The hot springs can be a nice reward, even though most of my party was more excited about that than I was, but I think it's worth a soak after such a long hike. The trail was rather busy, which surprised me for such a long hike, but I actually liked seeing and talking to so many folks on such a lengthy and difficult hike. Somehow, I found that that camaraderie made the hike easier (and that's coming from someone who is typically anti-social).

This is a long and at times grueling hike. But it is also beautiful and rewarding and is well worth the effort. I'd definitely do it again and hope to someday.

Is this hike back open yet ! =))

I did this hike with a group of friends of varying backpacking experience back in 2011 when we were all juniors in high school. This may have been at the peak of its popularity before the fires, and as luck would have it, the springs were VERY crowded, and they are all very small and intimate. It was a really great bonding experience, and for the less outdoorsy friends, it really opened their eyes to the magic of getting somewhere worthwhile on your own two feet. Unexpectedly gnarly up and down the entire way; my ankles were done by the time we got to camp! You can hike out in two days if you need by sleeping at a camp that is about halfway. Definitely a formative experience for me as an outdoors lover. However, I’ll admit looking back that this is one of the less impressive and beautiful hikes in the area of Big Sur. While this trail is being fixed up, I encourage you to explore more of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wildernesses! Who knows, maybe more natural hot water is hiding out there... Remember to practice LEAVE NO TRACE principles! Hike prepared!

This trail is closed indefinitely-lots of mudslide damage.

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