Los Padres National Forest: Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Camp Hot Springs (2 days / 30 km)

Big Sur is known for its breathtaking coastlines along Highway 1, so most visitors to the area stick to the stops along the road. However, the Big Sur area is also home to some fantastic backpacking trails, one of which is the Pine Ridge Trail in Los Padres National Forest.

I backpacked from the trailhead to Sykes Camp, the most popular of the five campgrounds along the trail and known for its hot springs. It was a moderately challenging trail, with quite a lot of elevation gain and the hot ...


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