Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs?
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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/07/2012 17:50:12 MST Print View

Any interest in a trip this month, maybe to Sykes Hot Springs? If we approach it from the coast it is a 10 mile in and 10 mile out trip. I know some have come in from the east. Maybe we could shuttle and make it a point to point, in either direction.
Yes, it can be crowded but school just started and students are likely to settle in before heading to the springs. Yes, there is poison oak.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/07/2012 19:33:16 MST Print View

Mention that it is around 2000 feet of elevation gain, if you start from the coast.

It sure isn't flat.

In the old days, we used to hike in there at night in order to beat the heat.

--B.G.--

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/07/2012 20:57:52 MST Print View

I'd be interested. When do you want to go?

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/07/2012 21:34:58 MST Print View

I am interested in anywhere that does not have poison oak. Too many places to backpack here without need to torture myself with that stuff.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Ventana/Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs on 01/07/2012 21:43:38 MST Print View

I would Kat...Do you have date in mind?

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
When? on 01/07/2012 21:45:30 MST Print View

I was thinking either Saturday the 21st or the 28th? Could even push it to a Friday after work.
Poison oak....it's there, I am very allergic, I still go and do my best to avoid it and wash.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Ventana/Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Spring on 01/07/2012 22:02:07 MST Print View

Both those dates are good Kat- Maybe the 28th?

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/07/2012 22:11:33 MST Print View

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Edited by asdzxc57 on 01/25/2012 17:27:18 MST.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/07/2012 22:16:35 MST Print View

It's 7 miles, it's not that bad of elevation gain. I went there mid december and there were literally about 50 people at the hot springs.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Hot Springs on 01/08/2012 08:20:15 MST Print View

28th sounds good.
Yeah, there can be a lot of people in the Springs....
It is 10 miles each way.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
maybe! on 01/08/2012 09:01:36 MST Print View

I've been contemplating a trip to Ventana this winter for a while. Would be fun to join, but - how do you all feel about dogs?

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: maybe! on 01/08/2012 16:18:07 MST Print View

Love dogs. Come along and bring the pup. Speaking for myself here, I am not uptight at all about dogs on the trail. I would just watch out about getting poison oak off the dog.

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/09/2012 11:44:50 MST Print View

If there's still no snow in tahoe, then I'd be interested in this if there's room. By any chance is this coming 3 day weekend a possibility? I was already planning on heading down to do this hike out of Bottcher's Gap towards Pat Springs and Ventana Double Cone. If the 28th is better for everyone, then I'll probably just do both.

James Winstead
(James_W)

Locale: CA
Re:Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs on 01/09/2012 14:28:41 MST Print View

I'd be interested as well. I was hoping to get out this month somewhere around here.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Sykes on 01/10/2012 09:01:30 MST Print View

Hammocks are a great option in this narrow, possibly busy canyon. I have an extra set up if anyone wants to try this out. Also, I am thinking about making some bread at camp :)

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Sykes on 01/11/2012 21:55:13 MST Print View

Is anyone interested in doing a point to point, vs in and out, and looking into what our options are there? I could be into a Friday night camp at either end and then an early start on Saturday morning. Any input ?

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
big sur station to china camp? on 01/11/2012 22:14:37 MST Print View

It looks like a shuttle from the Big Sur Station to China Camp would be about 2 hours

google directions, hopefully

an option with less driving might be Miller Canyon or Carmel River Trail to Los Padres Dam. Just a thought; I haven't read up on either of those routes yet.

(sorry about all the edits: can't seem to insert a link correctly.

Edited by squark on 01/11/2012 22:18:46 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Ventana/Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Spring on 01/11/2012 22:33:31 MST Print View

I will be heading out early, early Saturday morning with James. I am not exactly sure when we will get to the TH but would like to do a out and back when attacking those 10 miles.

Matthew Black
(mtblack)
Re: Ventana/ Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Springs? on 01/11/2012 22:54:26 MST Print View

I am interested in going. I am not certain about the time on Friday as I don't get off work until 5:00. I have an untried hammock although I think I lack sufficient bottom insulation for the current temps.

Edited by mtblack on 01/11/2012 23:01:46 MST.

rowan !
(romonster) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Ventana/Big Sur/ Sykes Hot Spring on 01/12/2012 00:26:55 MST Print View

I'd be interested in going, except that I'll be at a mandatory company "retreat" (consisting of two days of all-day meetings) then. Ironically, it's being held in Carmel. :/