Sykes Hot Springs Backpacking

Carmel, California

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Carmel
Distance: 23.8
Elevation Gain: 2,380 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: Late spring through early fall
Local Contacts: Ventana Wilderness, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Los Padres National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Big Sur and Ventana Cones; Big Sur and Ventana Wilderness by Wilderness Press
Driving Directions: Directions to Sykes Hot Springs (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

6/5/2012
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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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May 2018