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Sykes Hot Springs (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"A trip to Sykes Hot Springs is unquestionably the most popular route into the Ventana Wilderness. The trek leads to three rock-lined 100°F hot springs along the crystalline waters of the Big Sur River. Just 4 miles into this trip, you can also take a side excursion to one of Ventana’s finest swimming holes, at Ventana Camp. Beyond this junction, the trail leads you high above the Big Sur River and the canyon floor, linking spacious riverside camps, refreshing swimming holes, and sought-after thermal pools at Sykes Camp."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
Pretty tough trail. Very hot and dry this time of year. Nice camp 5 miles and and the springs are amazing. Totally worth it!
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