Is Overcrowding at Sykes Camp Getting Worse?

November 18, 2013

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Big Sur River at Sykes

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Story Time: First Trip to The Window

November 3, 2012

As viewed from the Coast Ridge: The South Face of the Double Cone, with Kandlbinder Peak (AKA Pk. 4653) on the left, and a bit of The Window visible as a notch to the right of Kandlbinder

It was fall, 1974. I’d just turned 15 and, while I’d seen a lot of the Santa Lucia backcountry, I’d never been to The Window. Read the rest of this entry »


Trail Work

December 18, 2011

Pine Ridge Trail near Bad Gulch

The high winds at the end of November brought down an immense number of trees in the Santa Lucia mountains, leaving many trails looking more or less like this. Hundreds of trees, in fact,  have fallen on the Pine Ridge Trail between Big Sur Station and Sykes (the most heavily traveled section of trail in the Ventana Wilderness). Read the rest of this entry »