After 0.6 miles you can take side trails to East Fork Lion Camp, which is within the Sespe Wilderness, or West Fork Lion Camp. The Bowen Ranch trail, on the other hand, comes from the north and the road to it originates in Victorville area (off Highway 15). Loop from the Mutau Flat trailhead along the Johnson Ridge Trail to Hot Springs Canyon to Sespe Creek to Alder Creek to McDonald Camp to Little Mutau Camp along the Little Mutau Creek to Mutau Flat: 44 kms. Be sure to have enough water, and to keep backpack weight as light as possible. Overall the trail needs some maintenance but you won’t get lost. Happy Trails Pledge. After 8.5 mile from the trailhead, a side trail leads into Hot Springs Creek. Regarding the hot springs, wildfire and heavy winter storm damage in 2016-2017 completely wiped out the trail to Sykes Camp, as well as the hot tubs themselves. Bear canisters recommended at Happy Lake. 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. Is there a volunteer group that puts in work? Wade cross the river (it's only ankle deep) and look for a trail that begins as a steep scramble up to the ridge top. Saw a rattlesnake headng over to the palm tree campsite so pay attention. 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. Would recommend doing it in cooler weather when the other creek is flowing with some nice cool water. There was nothing of any significance to impede your progress. Trail was in mostly The weather was warm even at night with a breeze. Simply choose a selection from each of the list boxes below, then click on the submit button. 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. 9.5 miles. 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. 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. 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. After 1.3 miles you will reach the Rose Lion Connector Trail (22W16) on the right. Little or no erosion. We camped at the bottom of the Johnson Ridge trail, and a nearby pool was the perfect temperature. 3 access trails to Sespe Hot Springs Johnston Ridge Trail Turn left at the sign and park your car in the parking lot. Hike back out Sunday. Pictures of my hikes A description of the hike to Sespe Gorge Best time to visit is in the fall!! Climbing up Johnston Ridge. It's a south facing ridge, and you can bake your brains out. I'm a bit afraid of heights, and there were a few points on the trail where it wasn't maintained very well. Unlike the route from Bowen Ranch, this Deep Creek Hot Springs hike takes you on the free and less-traveled Bradford Ridge Path to the popular hot springs. There may have been a little bit of brushiness. Â, It's confusing as you cross the Stonehouse trail valley. drank it all before I was able to refill at Mutau Creek. Lots of people milling about the Hot Springs now with Grade Valley Rd open. A cool stream trickles to the right of the campground where you can purify water. This trail is more like 9.2 miles than 7.6 miles each way if you hike from the trailhead parking lot. Besides the impressive wind caves in this area, there are also natural hot springs that are only a hop & skip from the trailhead!. I definitely agree with rating is as "difficult." I passed through Mutau Flat (Poor) and Cedar Creek (Fair) on April 1. I took a bunch of pictures, and wanted to share them here. I enjoyed that spring very much. That trip requires at least a couple of days. Hi Jack- Willet Hot Spring is around 9.5 miles from the Rose Valley trailhead. HIKE TO WILDERNESS HOT SPRINGS - OVERNIGHT TRIP. Note: GPS based distance is approximate. of work went in fixing or supporting the trail in many locations. But anyone who hikes Los Padres National Forest knows about that! It is downhill on the way in. Fri, May 4, 2018, 5:00 PM: Let’s celebrate the gate opening!Drive to car camp Friday night at Fish Bowls. You can see lots Hike to Trail Canyon Falls near Tujunga, California Hike to Waihe’e Ridge Trail near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii Hike to Willett Hot Springs near Sespe Wilderness, Ojai, California Looking for advice on planning a solo backpacking trip to Sespe Hot Springs. The springs were awesome. Explore! The trail up to Sespe Hot Springs is wide and flat. Via Johnston Ridge – The access trail is LONG, with a lot of up and downs, changing in elevation, thru pinyon pine forest and oaks, along dry dusty ridges, very exposed. 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.  I did not check Coldwater Creek. Johnson ridge. Loop from the Mutau Flat trailhead along the Johnson Ridge Trail to Hot Springs Canyon to Sespe Creek to Alder Creek to McDonald Camp to Little Mutau Camp along the Little Mutau Creek to Mutau Flat: 44 kms. We hiked it in one day and it was just under 20 miles round trip. Hike it round trip in one day, you won't be enjoying yourself. The trail was easy to follow with a few branches on the way back that required noting. Trailhead sign has been destroyed - as of 6/1/2019, a small handwritten sign on tape was in place. 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. Re: Little Caliente Hot Spring Rick 17111. The last way to the hot spring is Johnson Ridge Trail It is 9.5 miles one way. The trail up to Sespe Hot Springs is wide and flat. Cottonwood trees line the large canyon at the Hot Springs. 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 … 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. 3 access trails to Sespe Hot Springs Johnston Ridge Trail Camping Nearby: For the Piedra Blanca Trail there is a campsite near the Willett Hot Springs 8.5 miles in. This is not the Sierra Nevada. The downhill was pretty brutal on the knees and the uphill was definitely a good challenge, but the hike was definitely fun. Hike it round trip in one day, you won't be enjoying yourself. This trailhead provides access to Stonehouse Trail (20W35), Little Mutau Trail (20W10), Sespe Hot Springs and Sespe Creek. God bless them!Â. Lots of snakes too. View from the Johnston Ridge Trail looking east toward the Sespe Hot Springs, before the Day Fire. 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 the springs, and nearly half the distance. Bay Area Ridge Trail. Sespe Hot Springs via Jonhston Ridge Trail . It’s not too challenging in terms of elevation change either. 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. August 2st-3rd – Stanley, ID: Overnight Trip to Trail Flat Hot Springs. The hike to Willett hot spring from Piedra Blanca is long but easy except for the last half mile up to the spring but even that is not difficult, just steep. Find Sespe Hot Springs on Google Maps! Re: Little Caliente Hot Spring Rick 17111. After a rolling three miles, the trail drops steeply into Hot Springs Canyon. The trail was in excellent condition. Sespe Creek to Willett Hot Springs This 19-miles round trip follows Sespe Creek to a relaxing hot springs. 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. Download gpx of this route. There are multiple campsites here and a deep At trail intersection with Johnson ridge trail you will head north (right) and follow for a couple miles to hot springs. Continue until you reach Johnston Ridge Trail and take it left. Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability. 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. 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 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. Most of your elevation gain is in 1st couple miles.  Trail was in good shape. If you are fit, it will take you about 3.5 hours. The Sespe is protected as a National Scenic Waterway a Project Sespe Connect: walking the entire river. A similar resort operated on the Olympic Hot Springs until 1966, when the lease with the National Park Service (NPS) expired. There's too many trails, cattle tracks, roads, fences, etc. It is now open only to horseback riders and hikers. For some reason, the hot springs water was hotter than usual, at least lower down in the canyon. ABOUT US. Â. I didn't get much video because we immediately hopped in the water. Chief Peak Rd to Nordhoff Ridge and Howard T. Johnston Ridge Trailhead to Sespe Hot Springs. It's a good for an overnight backpack destination, but pretty tough for a day hike. 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