Condition report: Big Sur Station to Sykes Hot Springs
Spent a night out at Sykes Hot Springs. My wife, two friends, and I all hiked in from Big Sur Station. The weather was incredibly dry and it was a tinderbox in there. Be very careful with ignition sources - I had to ask a few people to put out cigarettes and I was amply annoyed by the number of open fires at Barlow Camp and Sykes Camp. The hike went fine in and we did most under the cover of darkness with headlamps. There was a lot of traffic due to the phenomenal weather and we camped a little down past the springs on the north side of the river. We were pretty disappointed about the amount of uncovered human waste and spent about an hour on Sunday disposing of it properly. On the way out we encountered an unprepared hiker who had become disabled due to a knee injury. We provided water and some more food and then had to pump for about 3.5 miles from Barlow Camp to get cell reception. We bumped into the SAR team preparing to go in when we got back to Big Sur Station - he called my friend later and said they had got him out. Remember folks, this is the back country, don't go out there in light clothing with only 1L of water and a sandwich or two. Be safe. Pack your stuff out. Bury your poop.