Big Sur, CA: Is your favorite trail being loved to death? This past week we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West, visited the Pine Ridge Trail as a part of a 2015 Hot Spot. A Hot Spot is a site that is damaged, but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace implications. While we were there, we hiked into Sykes Camp, which is the go-to destination for most users. Why this camp, you might ask? At the end of this strenuous 10 mile hike sits a natural hot springs for everyone to enjoy. And everyone, hundreds of visitors almost every week, do in fact enjoy the hot springs. For this reason, it is safe to say that The Pine Ridge Trail is both beautiful and overused.
During our site visit, our group of 6 packed out over 150 lbs of trash, which made for a long hike. But as the saying goes, we had "heavy packs and a light conscience." In addition to our site visit we brought education to over 375 hikers, land management personal and public contacts. Please do your part to reduce your impact by practicing Leave No Trace on the Pine Ridge Trail.
A BIG thanks to the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for helping to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and the Big Sur Coast. In addition, we'd also like to thank the volunteer wilderness rangers who play a large role in keeping this section of trail open and pristine for others to enjoy.
Check out our infographic for more stats on our time spent in the Ventana Wilderness, and don't miss our video on how to do your part.
Helping keep our wilderness wild,
Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West
Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.