12 mi. from the trailhead at Big Sur Station (on the land of Pieffer Big Sur State Park)
Not usually considered a day hike. The Pine Ridge Trail gets
more foot traffic than any other trail in the Los
Padres National Forest. It is a popular take off point for
many longer treks thoughout the Ventana Wilderness and the northern
end of the forest.
Sykes is can be crowded during the summer and on holidays.
Best time is after a couple of big storms in the winter. After
the rain, it is then not a mud bath then and you'll have it all
to yourself. You will need a wilderness permit to be in this
area, as always check to see if open fires are permissable at
the back country camps you will be visiting, wild fire danger
is great in theis area.
donated by: chris
Nearby Lodging in Big Sur
Backpacking Wilderness Camping Only
Los Padres NF
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