Sykes Hot Springs: Ventana Wilderness

For this trip, you hike along the pine ridge trail – starting from Big Sur Station and culminating at Sykes hot springs in the Ventana Wilderness. I have hiked this trail a total of two times. The first trip I did was in the spring time, and it was absolutely beautiful! All the wild flowers…

Tassajara To Arroyo Secco

This was Brutal. I’m not kidding. Brutal. It was hot, steep, dusty, 8 or 9 river/stream crossings, snakes, bugs, poison oak, trees and rocks to climb, you name it. Our plan was to hike from Tassajara Zen Center to Arroyo Secco, where our friends would meet as at a drive in camp site with our…

The Big Sur River Gorge, Swiss Camp , and Partington Cove

This is the perfect weekend length adventure, although as it turns out…it’s not an official campsite anymore so I highly suggest you don’t do it. We started out on Saturday by hiking up to the Big Sur River Gorge. I had a hankering for a summer swimming hole – and this satisfied that desire perfectly….

East Molera Trail

The East Molera Trail is, you guessed it, on the Eastern side of highway 1 in Andrew Molera State Park. It’s much less used than the more popular Beach and Creamery Meadow Trails, but the view is one of the best in Big Sur. The hike is only about 1 mile up to the top…

The Beach Trail

Andrew Molera State Park is only 26 miles south of Monterey, California. The drive is beautiful, and takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on weather and traffic (and how much you enjoy the scenery). You can pay to park in the gravel lot where the trail heads are located – or you can park…