Natalie Vargo

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    Natalie Vargo added clouds rest

    9 months ago

    Natalie Vargo reviewed Sykes Hot Springs via Pine Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We hiked in and back in one day. A little over 20 miles from the truck and back. Our group was in good shape, but it was rough. There is a lot of up and down and elevation gain. I kept telling myself "soon you'll be at the beautiful springs!"

    We arrived at the hot springs and we all looked at one another like "soooo.... THIS is what we are hiking 20 miles for?". Teeny tiny sulphur pools FILLED with algae (think long billowing aggressive algae). Super crowded. We had to wait for a little pod to empty out. I didn't want to get near them, except I knew my muscles probably needed it to make the 10 miles back. The springs were more of a tepid "I'm going to get a disease here" temp instead of hot.

    I have done amazing hikes in big sur and surrounding areas. This was the least beautiful and completely underwhelming. We were hiking inland so I expected maybe something like big basin? Beautiful green forest and ferns and waterfalls. No. Brushy forest and an occasional creek crossing. We weren't even tempted to take photos along the way. The trail is super narrow so we were single-file the whole way and sang songs and chatted to pass the time. The only nice thing about this hike was the workout and being with friends. I wouldn't recommend to anyone.

    Natalie Vargo saved Stevens Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo saved Pfeiffer Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo saved Toyon Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo saved Rocky Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo saved Tan Bark Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo added hiked

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo added Soberanes

    about 1 year ago

    Natalie Vargo added Fort Ord A

    about 1 year ago