Nice shots! I love the lush green temperate rain forest look of Big Sur. Such a neat setting.
I haven't been to Sykes in probably 6 or 7 years. Beautiful spot, great hot springs, and well-maintained trail but the crowds can get ridiculous. And from all accounts I've read over the last few years, it's only got worse!
I wonder if mid-week off season trips are still empty (or close to it)?