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Wilderness Restoration: Big Sur Wild & Scenic River Refuge (Sykes Hot Springs)

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:57 PM

Hi Everyone,

There is STILL time to sign up for this weekend's trail restoration trip into the beautiful Sykes Hot Springs area within the majestic Ventana Wilderness. The Forest Service estimates that roughly 60,000 people visit the Sykes Hot Springs annually; consequently the wilderness has suffered the ill effects of overuse and to even a casual observer, one can easily see the accumulation of trash and other refuse that can only be removed by way of volunteer assistance. 

A small group of us (5 total thus far) will be hiking the famous Sykes corridor along the Pine Ridge Trail while stopping at various camps along the way including Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat, and Sykes. 

Along our way we'll stop and do some light trail maintenance (e.g. brushing, clearing) wherever needed.  At each camp we'll do restoration-oriented work including trash pickup & removal, destroy unauthorized fire rings, and possibly "iceberg" some of the campsite areas where it is undesirable for people to be camping. 

Of course no visit to Sykes would be complete without taking the opportunity to soak in the mineral hot spring baths that this place is most famous for.   We'll make time for a soak as well as enjoy the camaraderie of fellowship with friends while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. 

So if you enjoy hiking the trails in this beautiful area that we call home, then there is NO better time than the present to come join us and do your part to help us keep the wilderness well preserved and in it's most natural condition. More information can be found on the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group Meetup site at: 

http://www.meetup.com/The-Monterey-Bay-Area-Hiking-Group/events/35107522/

Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or need additional information.   Thanks.


Robert Barringer
Co-Organizer
Monterey Bay Area Hiking

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