Sespe River Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,951' 595 m
Descent: -2,311' -704 m
High: 3,070' 936 m
Low: 2,233' 681 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A popular trail that takes visitors close to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary and leads to two hot springs and swimming holes.”— Kristen Arendt
The Sespe River Trail is a great easy-to-moderate trail for a day-hike and also is a great option for a backpacking! It’s a popular trail that takes you very close the Sespe Condor Sanctuary; stop every so often on the trail and look up to see if you can spot the great California Condors overhead!
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. The water at Sespe Hot Springs is said to be the hottest water in California, and several man-made pools are available. When you get this deep in the Los Padres, you can experience a spectacular view: the great Topa Topa Mountains to the south and Pine Mountain to the north. Catch your breath as they represent several of the highest peaks in Ventura County!
Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office