After a rolling three miles, the trail drops steeply into Hot Springs Canyon. Would recommend doing it in cooler weather when the other creek is flowing with some nice cool water. Going uphill along the trail, I carried about a gallon of water and Trail was easy to follow, although somewhat overgrown in some areas with grasses and shrubs.  Didn't need to do any real bushwhacking but snakes were a worry and did see one. This trail starts further back than the map reads, adds around 2 miles. hide.  I did not check Coldwater Creek. It is 16.8 miles one way to the hot springs. From the Piedra Blanca trailhead this same intersection is about 13.75 miles, which is why some people will choose Squaw Flat Road and the overgrown trail through Alder Creek drainage in order to save a few miles. Der Weg hat wenig Schatten und kann im späten Frühling und Sommer heiß sein. Pinos Ranger Station 34580 Lockwood Valley Rd Frazier Park, CA 93225 661-245-3731 . The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is … Head up past the viewpoint: it’s ¾ mile from here to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Best time to visit is in the fall!! There is along the Sespe River Trail. This website was developed for adventurists, explorers and enthusiasts of both the Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forests. Piedra Blanca trailhead: from Ojai take highway 33 north to the Rose Valley Recreation … The springs can be reached via the Sespe River Trail (16.8 miles each way); the Johnson Ridge Trail (9.5 miles each way); and the Alder Creek Trail (7.5 miles each way). Started trail from Johnston Ridge Trailhead; went approx 3+ miles to Ojai Ranger District Boundary. Thankfully it wasn't too hot when we went (probably high 70's or low to mid 80's), as there was very little shade. Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability. Take the trail on the right (south), which continues down Johnson Ridge to the floor of Hot Springs Canyon at 8 miles. Lots of snakes too. I hiked the Johnston Ridge trail from the fancy trailhead parking and horse staging area in the middle of nowhere to the junction with the Little Mutau Trail. If that's too easy, try the Johnson Ridge Trail, … Thanks for the help! This trail is closed in the winter and the gated portion adds 12 miles to the journey.  2 trees down, but cleared several others. It is now open only to horseback riders and hikers. How easy is the hot springs to find? Location. The hike is about 9 miles one-way. save. At .6 miles further, there is another camp and .4 mile further is the Sespe River Trail (20W13). Trail is not hard to follow.  A few narrow spots, but nothing unpassable. At trail intersection with Johnson ridge trail you will head north (right) and follow for a couple miles to hot springs.  Great time to get out! Die nächste Wegkreuzung ist 2,7 … From Sespe Hot Springs to Johnson Ridge TH - Very overgrown in spots, esp at lower end (near hot springs).  Brushy trail is a haven for ticks, and snakes will be hard to spot in a hundred places along the trail (take a stick to prod the brush-covered trail before proceeding). You can see lots 11 Reviews. Hike back out … Yes, like Shaddus Maximus said, go left on 1st choice, but when you come up out of the creek, then you take the right path.Â. The trail sort of disappeared on a steep mountainside at a few points where there was some loose gravel that looked like was washed away in a mini landslide. Follow the narrow trail as it climbs up the mountain to the springs. Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs is a 24.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. Trail is not hard to follow. A few narrow spots, but nothing unpassable. We got a report today from a backpacker who hiked the lower Johnston Ridge Trail from Sespe up to the Hot Spring. Trail Description. Saturday, September 10, 2016 Tom Harrison. There are three rugged trails leading to the springs. Going down the steep incline on the Johnston Ridge, Because of the warm water year round there are biting buffalo gnats that will swarm you if you arent fully covered and bug sprayed. There appear to be 3 - Sespe Creek (Piedra Blanca), Alder Creek, Johnson Ridge. Home » Tom Harrison » Sespe Wilderness Trail Map Tom Harrison Maps Online PDF eBook. Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs. View Larger Map.  No water in Mutau Creek. The hottest part is 150 degrees and gets cooler as it meanders down stream. Length ~0.5 miles round trip. Is there any reason why Johnson Ridge would be preferred over Alder Creek, given that it is 2 miles longer and appears to have … Be sure to have enough water, and to keep backpack weight as light as possible. The ever popular 4x4 Miller Jeep Trail is also nearby, ... Sespe Hot Springs [20W10] Johnson Ridge [20W12] Stonehouse Mutau Creek [20W35] Piru Creek OHV Trail [128] Jefferey pines for a hammock! There is one confusing moment, however: When dropping south down from the trailhead, you cross the dirt road running east/west to Mutau Flat. Los Padres National Forest Mt. The trail is moderately difficult hike. As usual hot and dry, but the trail was wide enough all the way down.Â, I did Johnson Ridge, from trailhead to Hot Springs and back, Sept 17-18, 2016. Made it through but it was pretty sketchy! Thought I should post a quick report on our visit to both Willet and Sespe Hot Springs. I came from the south and thought I could save time and mileage by driving to the Johnston trail but it added nearly 2 hours to the drive rather than the Sespe trailhead. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/sespe-river-trail-to-sespe-hot-springs Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. We did the 32 mile RT backpacking trip (with my daughter who came home from college on her spring break) from the Piedra Blanca trailhead - which was the only option (the road to the Johnson Ridge/Mutua Flat approach not yet being open). The hot springs are accessible on foot or by horseback only. From the hotsprings back is a steep climb so prepare yourself. Most of your elevation gain is in 1st couple miles. A singletrack trail, Sespe River Trail travels through the Los Padres National Forest and hosts two sets of hot springs with year-round water and swimming holes found around the 10-15 mile mark in the Sespe Wilderness along the Johnston River Trail. When you get this … The original starting point is private property. Trail was in mostly The best camps are in or near some conspicuous palm trees, where there are warm-water pools to soak in. From the Hot Springs, most people retrace their steps back to the trail head. Prior to the June 1992 wilderness legislation, this was a popular motorcycle trail. The second way to Sespe Hot Springs is Alder Creek Trail. It is 0.6 miles from Willett Campground to Willett Hot Springs, and much of this trail is fairly steep. Back then Johnson Ridge was an old car road, seriously rutted out by the dirt bikes. Sequoia National Forest, California, USA. I'm a bit afraid of heights, and there were a few points on the trail where it wasn't maintained very well. Â, It's confusing as you cross the Stonehouse trail valley. Be aware that it's mostly downhill on the way in, and obviously uphill on the way out. Lots of people milling about the Hot Springs now with Grade Valley Rd open. The river is very high and so the Piedra Blanca trail is out, I called the Ojai Ranger Station and they recommended the Johnston Ridge Trail but noted that the gate for the road to trailhead would be closed until late April. Past the junction you will find Shady Camp (2440 feet) at 17.5 miles. We chose to hike from Piedra Blanca (Rose Valley). Little or no erosion. There's too many trails, cattle tracks, roads, fences, etc. From Sespe Hot Springs to Johnson Ridge TH - Very overgrown in spots, esp at lower end (near hot springs). Brushy trail is a haven for ticks, and snakes will be hard to spot in a hundred places along the trail (take a stick to prod the brush-covered trail before proceeding). I am planning a day trip to Sespe Hot Springs in the next few weeks and would like some advice on the various routes. At about 10.5 miles from Dough Flat, Sespe River Trail arrives at Johnson Ridge Trail and the turn off for Sespe Hot Springs. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Hinweis: Die Straße kann im Winter geschlossen sein. Highlights: The Sespe River Trail (20W14) is a long, but easy to moderate backpack of 17 miles (one-way) on an old road that eventually leads to Sespe Hot Springs, the hottest natural springs in California. Day Hike. The trail is moderate with no major elevation gain. backpack Backpacking hikers Hot Springs johnston ridge trail lockwood Los … God bless Bill Clinton for locking up Sespe and a lot of other land as Wilderness. Last time I hiked it, and this time, -- nobody else on the trail. Turn left at the sign and park your car in the parking lot. It’s about 2.5 hours from LA and the last 40 minutes is down a bumpy dirt road. The weather was warm even at night with a breeze. The Sespe River is one of the only undamed, undiverted waterways in all of Southern California. share . This is a easy to moderate trail that takes you to Willet Hot Springs, about 15 kms in and then additional 10 kms up the Sespe Gorge to the Sespe Hot Springs. A third hot springs is located at the Tassajara Zen Center which is accessible by way of Big Sur and an 18 mile hike over the … I last hiked Johnson Ridge in its last year as a motorcycle trail, 1994? On the other side of the road, there appears to be two ways to go (left of right) and there is no trail sign posted. the trail is easy to follow, but brushy in places. The other thing that is not *that* easy, is coming back uphill out of the Hot Springs. The trail will quickly become apparent again as you cross the sandy wash here.Â. Keep to the left to follow Alder creek trail, and alder creek camp is in 0.6 miles. It took us 5 hours in and 6 back but I am slow. Going up towards the source was also overgrown with waist high grasses but we just crossed the creek and followed it up off trail instead.  Mode of transport: Hike: Trail …  Plenty of hot water pouring into the canyon from the various springs. Explore. Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners Search Wilderness Connect For Practitioners Sespe River Trail (Old Sespe River Road) Los Padres National Forest . Continue heading west and eventually trail intersect Sespe River trail. When visiting the Los Padres always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Hiked the trail from the Sespe River up to the Hot Springs. The … There is a more challenging slice of the Sespe: a narrow run that parallels the Hot Springs trail and goes on to Fillmore, a boulder-filled distance of about 20 miles. The trail then quickly ends near Alder Creek Camp (2520 feet) and turns into the Alder Creek Trail. Los Padres National Forest is a United States national forest in southern and central California. Halten Sie sich links und folgen Sie dem Alder Creek Trail. Â. Just aim to keep the same compass direction crossing that little valley as you came into it. My Maps; Create Map; Print Maps; Route Converter; Company. Miller Jeep Trail: Stauffer: Greenlaning / Off Road Driving: Very Hard: 9.94 miles: Miller Jeep Trail: Stauffer: Greenlaning / Off Road Driving: Very Hard: 9.94 miles: Little Mutau to Sespe Hot Springs (One way) Stauffer: Hiking: Medium: 12.49 miles It has algae growing in it but there are places where people have cleared the algae and built up rocks to make a pool. The trailhead is near Mutau Flat, located in the Mt. Saw a rattlesnake headng over to the palm tree campsite so pay attention. Sespe hot springs are 5.2 miles from Alder creek camp. The Johnston Ridge Trail leads to Mutau Flat and the Matau Trail. About; Jobs; Fieldnotes Blog; Press; Community. of work went in fixing or supporting the trail in many locations. The entire length of the Sespe River Trail has ten crossings of the Sespe River. This was the first overnight for my cousin and I and we weren't sure about the safety of drinking from hot springs due to sulfur, arsenic, etc. There’s also a bathroom here that’s open during the summer months. If you are fit, it will take you about 3.5 hours. Basics: Sespe Hot Springs is located deep in the Sespe Wilderness. It is 7.5 miles one way to the hot springs. Anything warnings about the water or anything else? Hot springs are flowing perfectly but the cold steam near the trail head up to Johnston ridge trail head is low and ugly so I would recommend bring plenty of water.Â. OHV 4WD route called Piru Creek Trail #128 begins near the campground. Labels: backcountry, California, camp sites, … It’s more like a river than a spring. The last campsite by the palm trees is beautiful but the springs were too hot for me there, Don't pump hot water unless you want to risk damaging your filter. It’s not too challenging in terms of elevation change either. Sespe Creek is out for a day trip, I think. Sespe Hot Springs is a 633 m blue singletrack trail located near Fillmore California. Estimated opening is mid 2020.. Big Sur has two hot springs which are open to the public; Sykes Hot Springs and the hot springs located at the Esalen Institute. It is exposed though so summer would be HOT. Good amount of water in Hot Springs Creek.  Side canyon on the west of Johnston Ridge trail is the good source of drinking water.Â. little lost, trail there has several branches that are not always Cow Springs ist ein optionaler Campingplatz auf dem Weg. 266 ft. Trails. Support; Members; Give … I definitely agree with rating is as "difficult." There may have been a log over the trail near Mutau Flat, but I cannot remember now. The Trail to Sykes Hot Springs has been closed until further notice because of the Soberanes Fire. That's wilderness! Pinos Ranger District. Elevation Gain. After 2-3 miles of nonstop climbing, it's basically level back to trailhead, maybe a couple hundred up and down. This route follows an exposed ridge 9.5 miles down to the hot springs, giving hikers a commanding view of the Sepse area, a downhill approach to … A cool stream trickles to the right of the campground where you can purify water. There may have been a little bit of brushiness. DAY 2 - Hike downstream ½ mile, passing a brick outhouse, to a junction with Sespe … 100% … You will need clearance on your car and I wouldn’t recommend going after a big rain because there are dips in the road where puddles get big. Getting There: There's three possible hiking routes into Sespe Hot Springs — from the Piedra Blanca Trailhead to the west, Mutau Flats from the north … But anyone who hikes Los Padres National Forest knows about that!  There is good water flowing throughout the canyon and even cold water within the two creeks that feed into the hot springs above and below the spring. It's cleared of brush and easy, well, *easy* except for two things:Â, Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association, This trail is an excellent shape. Countries; Regions; Cities; Parks; Trails; Maps. Willet Hot Springs is 9.5 miles from the Piedra Blanca trailhead.  Poplar Creek was dry and only a tiny trickle of water was running in the unnamed canyon just west of Johnston Ridge. good condition, except a few miles in around Mutau Flat, I got a The downhill was pretty brutal on the knees and the uphill was definitely a good challenge, but the hike was definitely fun. The trail passes below a rock face and you get your first view of Mount Adams and the top of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Wandern Sie 2,5 Meilen nach Norden bis zur ersten Wegkreuzung. It's worth mentioning that this is … Looking for advice on planning a solo backpacking trip to Sespe Hot Springs. Some of the other access points are only … well marked. The trail was in excellent condition.  Trail was in good shape. Posted by DanaMite at 12:43 AM. After 8.5 mile from the trailhead, a side trail leads into Hot Springs Creek. This is a great overnight backpacking trip that leads to Sespe Hot Springs, where water temperatures can reach over 100 degrees. 3 access trails to Sespe Hot Springs Johnston Ridge Trail Sespe River Trail Alder Creek Trail Ojai Rangers Trail Description (PDF) Another hike is the soaking tub @ Willet Hot Springs. The trail traverses a steep hillside on the level and then crosses the paved, fenced Loowit Viewpoint area, where you might meet a few visitors taking in the sweeping vista. Excellent job NF rangers! Do be aware of rattlesnakes, they're there. The trail is easy to follow. Those who take on the adventure to Sespe Hot Springs … Anyone know how the water is right now? There are many snakes, the elevation change is intense, there is no water or shade until you get to the springs, 9 miles and 5500 feet. The Ojai Ranger District has a useful PDF describing the various trails. Overall the trail needs some maintenance but you won’t get lost. The trail ends at the hot springs, where a large rubber tub filled with teal water awaits, eager to soak your weary muscles. There are three possible access points for reaching the springs, but all require either a ridiculously difficult day hike or a strenuous multi-day trip. 5 comments. I need to capture video of the algae at Sespe hot springs for a video … There was nothing of any significance to impede your progress. There must be. The water at Sespe Hot Springs is said to be the hottest water in California, and several man-made pools are available. Whoa! The lot is at 5K elevation so my overnight there was freezing with snow on the ground.Trail good. It is downhill on the way in. The Sespe River Trail is unique because the trail crosses the year-round flowing Sespe Creek ten times, boasts secluded and shaded campgrounds along the length of the trail, and best of all, is home to two natural hot springs. This is the best way to get to Sespe Hot Springs! Park bei Dough Flat. How's the area look for setting up tents and hammocks? Sespe Hot Springs : Date: 5-29-2016 : Surveyor Name: Yamato Seki: Camp Description: If you enter the campground from the Johnston Ridge Trail, the water was just right for a dip around the campsite entrance. Once you arrive, you’ll see a big sign that says Johnson Ridge Trailhead. God bless them!Â. Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura. Is there a volunteer group that puts in work? › Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs › Photos Photos of Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs . Fri, May 4, 2018, 5:00 PM: Let’s celebrate the gate opening!Drive to car camp Friday night at Fish Bowls. I'm looking into hiking this trail in February and had a few questions. The last 4 miles down and up are leg blasters. Now it's a nice trail, with just the right amount of switch backs. The Sespe is protected as a National Scenic Waterway a Administered by the United States Forest Service, Los Padres includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. We left at 2am and arrived to the Palm campsite by 4:30am we didn't need breaks on the way in since its fairly easy. The entire trail is southwest facing so the sun gets on it early and stays on until sunset, bring your own shade. More austere sites are upstream 0.3 miles, at the source of the scalding springs. And at the hot springs there are quite a few bugs, including ticks. The trail was easy to follow with a few branches on the way back that required noting. report. drank it all before I was able to refill at Mutau Creek. Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. Tried to follow the creek downstream but the trail was far too overgrown for us in shorts without a machete. Stay to the left. An alternate (and more fun) route is to follow the Johnson Ridge Trail from the northern trailhead. I strongly suggest hitting the trail before the sun. It is rated moderately difficult to hike. but we had packed in two gallons each which was good enough, although a little more would've been more comfortable. The shortest of the three is via Alder Creek Trail, a 7.5-mile trek through the wilderness that heads at Dough Flat in the Sespe Oil Fields. This trail is more like 9.2 miles than 7.6 miles each way if you hike from the trailhead parking lot. It's a south facing ridge, and you can bake your brains out. Hike 9.5 miles to soak in our private oasis. The hot springs are definitely flowing but the creek on the other side was dry. I could have sworn I read somewhere that this trail's difficulty was listed as "moderate" before we went. The hot spring was flowing a lot and cold water in the creek to the north. There is no water and little shade along the first seven miles of the trail. There are three different trails to access Sespe Hot Springs - the Sespe River Trail which is rated as a moderately difficult 16.8 mile hike one way with numerous river crossings, the Alder Creek Trail which is 7.5 miles one way and still rated as moderately difficult, or the 9.5 mile Johnson Ridge Trail which is rated as difficult. Get the App. Hot springs are HOT. Anyone hike the Sespe river trail to the hot springs? 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