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18.2 mile 29.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,951' 595 m
Descent: -2,311' -704 m
High: 3,070' 936 m
Low: 2,233' 681 m

Grade

Avg 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

Features Hot Spring · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Description

The Sespe River Trail begins at the ever-popular Piedra Blanca Trailhead and runs along, and crosses on many occasions, one of the last wild rivers in Southern California: the Sespe River. The Sespe River is designated for 31 miles as a National Wild and Scenic River and National Scenic Waterway.

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!

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Mar 25, 2019
Fernando Perez
Dec 23, 2018
Monique Navarro
9.6mi
Jul 22, 2018
Ann Jones
Apr 22, 2017
Rob P.
Very scenic 8.6mi
Apr 4, 2017
Don Gload
18.5mi
Nov 27, 2016
Andrew Petrovsky
20.4mi

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  3.9 from 7 votes

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