Great time to get out! Prior to the June 1992 wilderness legislation, this was a popular motorcycle trail. The trail was easy to follow with a few branches on the way back that required noting. Would recommend doing it in cooler weather when the other creek is flowing with some nice cool water. This year we’re looking at Sespe Hot Springs in Los Padres. I last hiked Johnson Ridge in its last year as a motorcycle trail, 1994? This trail is closed in the winter and the gated portion adds 12 miles to the journey. link Copy Link. Find Sespe Hot Springs on Google Maps! Using trails when they are muddy is the leading cause of trail damage on the Ridge to Rivers system. Nestled in the Los Padres National Forest, the secluded Sespe Hot Springs provides a wonderful reward after a long hike; depending on which trail you take to the natural hot springs, the trek spans between 7.5 and 17 miles one-way. Boulder Lake Trail. Download kml of this route.. The weather was warm even at night with a breeze. The grassy flat meadows are in about the same place in this photo as they were in the first; a little above center on the left. Rangers for the national forest suggested I take the Johnston Ridge Trail, a 9 1/2 -mile dirt path from Mutau Flats to the hot springs on the floor of Hot Springs Canyon. 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. This is not the Sierra Nevada. Re: Sespe Hot Springs in Ventura County: a hot time in the wilderness Rick 17115. Once you arrive, you’ll see a big sign that says Johnson Ridge Trailhead. 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). After 8.5 mile from the trailhead, a side trail leads into Hot Springs Creek. Mind you that most of the trails to this spring will require a backpacking trip of multiple days. Be aware that it's mostly downhill on the way in, and obviously uphill on the way out. It's a south facing ridge, and you can bake your brains out. There are a number of camps along the way and a few clumps of palm trees. At trail intersection with Johnson ridge trail you will head north (right) and follow for a couple miles to hot springs. Two weekends ago (4/27) I hiked the White Ledge-Lower Sisquoc-Manzana loop. Trail was in mostly Most of your elevation gain is in 1st couple miles. Bowen Ranch also provides a simplistic map of the trail. Be sure to have enough water, and to keep backpack weight as light as possible. Lots of snakes too. The canyon on the left is the one that provided me with some cold water. Tried to follow the creek downstream but the trail was far too overgrown for us in shorts without a machete. I definitely agree with rating is as "difficult." That trip requires at least a couple of days. Re: Little Caliente Hot Spring Rick 17111. Meet me at the Dagger Falls CG at noon, August 2nd. Trail Description: We set out somewhat early (7:30 am) on the Sespe River Trail. The springs were awesome. It has algae growing in it but there are places where people have cleared the algae and built up rocks to make a pool. Take a right to follow Warm Springs Trail #49 south along the creek for about one mile. United States › California › Sespe Wilderness › Sespe Hot Springs via Jonhston Ridge Trail. 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. Going uphill along the trail, I carried about a gallon of water and Now it's a nice trail, with just the right amount of switch backs. 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. Gold Strike Hot Springs and canyon update: jobe 17103. SESPE HOT SPRINGS: Half Moon Campground is the closest car camping area to the super remote Sespe Hot Springs - a long 7 mile hike (one way). The hike is about 9 miles one-way. of work went in fixing or supporting the trail in many locations. It is rated a difficult hike. Is there a volunteer group that puts in work? There must be. Bay Area Ridge Trail. An alternate (and more fun) route is to follow the Johnson Ridge Trail from the northern trailhead. Happy Trails Pledge. But anyone who hikes Los Padres National Forest knows about that! When visiting the Los Padres always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Nordhoff Ridge to Chief and Nordhoff Peaks, Lockwood Valley Road to Fishbowls Campground, North Fork Trail to McGill Trail to Klipstein Canyon Road. HIKE TO WILDERNESS HOT SPRINGS - OVERNIGHT TRIP. The trail is easy to follow. 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. From the hotsprings back is a steep climb so prepare yourself. good condition, except a few miles in around Mutau Flat, I got a God bless them!Â. A dead end dirt road is the trailhead for Sespe Hot Springs. The hot springs are accessible on foot or by horseback only. SESPE HOT SPRINGS: Half Moon Campground is the closest car camping area to the super remote Sespe Hot Springs - a long 7 mile hike (one way). For some reason, the hot springs water was hotter than usual, at least lower down in the canyon. Be sure to follow the markers along the way, which will help keep you from getting lost to and from the springs. Gold Strike Hot Springs and canyon update: jobe 17103. Re: romantic hike Rick 17108. 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. You can see lots This trail is more like 9.2 miles than 7.6 miles each way if you hike from the trailhead parking lot. Cross the Sespe River past Willet Hot Springs. 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. 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 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. A dead end dirt road is the trailhead for Sespe Hot Springs. 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