Tip: Look for higher ground. Nearby Sespe Hot Springs[2] (about 3 miles (4.8 km)) has a reputation as one of the hottest springs in California. Sespe River Trail to Willett Hot Springs Basics: This scenic 20+ mile (roundtrip) hike follows Sespe Creek through one of Southern California’s most interesting and rugged wilderness areas. Baldy and Mt. Frank Lane Willett, Daniel Delane Willett and Frank L Willett are some of the alias or nicknames that Frank has used. The first 9.5 miles of our hike followed our previous path to Willett Hot Springs. Whitney, among other various outdoor adventures. Bring water shoes for creek crossing so you don’t get your hiking shoes wet. Very lightweight and easy to use if it’s just for yourself. The most popular approach to the hot spring is by an approximate 11 miles (18 km) hike from the Piedra Blanca trailhead in Los Padres National Forest. Cross the creek one last time and head towards the grassy meadow at the base of the valley where you’ll find the famed Willet Camp. This is where Willet Hot Springs meets Sespe Creek. 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). 8.6 mile acclimation hike. This home was built in 2011 and last sold on 7/28/2014 for $50,000. The difficulty of the hike adds to the seclusion of this location. Your email address will not be displayed. [3], USDA: Los Padres National Forest Hot Springs, U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Willett Hot Springs, U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sespe Hot Springs, "Sespe Hot Springs in Ventura County: a hot time in the wilderness", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Willett_Hot_Springs&oldid=928495648, Bodies of water of Ventura County, California, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 November 2019, at 16:46. Past visitors have kindly left a variety of brushes and scrubbers behind, which are useful for scrubbing algae off the floor and walls of the hot tub. GPS Coordinates. Willett Hot Springs is located in the Sespe Wilderness, North of Ojai, California. You will have to cross the creek several times before arriving at the hot springs. Water sources are scarce when the creek is dry, so bring plenty of water. Get directions, reviews and information for Willett Hot Springs in Lebec, CA. Read about the history of Willet Camp if you want to get the full story. DAY 1 | DAY 2 (Day 1 of 2) Bernard and I are heading into the Sespe to reclaim a garden gnome called Jeff from the wilderness. The most popular approach to the hot spring is by an approximate 11 mile hike from the Piedra Blanca trailhead in Los Padres National Forest. ft. single-family home is a 2 bed, 2.0 bath property. No water on the way in, but there is still running water at the camp at the base of the first hot spring. Latitude, Longitude: 34.5758222°, -119.0509373° Elevation. We made the journey in early November after a long, dry summer when the creek was dry and easy to cross without getting so much as a toe wet. Mileage... Water Sources on Sespe River Trail. There are three rugged trails leading to the springs. Bear Campground, about one-third of the way in, is the only water source we found between the trailhead and Willet Camp. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The good news is, we found a spot to cross and were pleasantly surprised to discover that it was the right choice. The spring is on the Topatopa Mountains Topo Map, If you have recently visited this spring, please give us some feed back on the water quality. Agua is located inside the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, in … If those distances intimidate you, do not rule out a visit to Sespe Creek. Tubud ang Willett Hot Springs sa Tinipong Bansa. That’s a solid 5 lbs lighter than my 14 lb base weight. Since Willett Hot Springs is located inside Los Padres National Forest, backcountry camping is free, and spots are readily available. It’s well travelled and, for the most part, very easy to follow. Mileage estimates for the hike range anywhere from 9 to 11 miles, so for the sake of argument I’ll call it an even 10 miles. Near the far left corner of the creek is a steep canyon that pulls back into the hillside. We knew we had found our destination when, upon our arrival, we saw the end of the rainbow. If you are looking for solitude, I would recommend skipping these entirely and heading straight for Sespe. Want more like this? She’s an avid hiker and backpacker, not to mention an entertaining story teller. If you liked this article, please comment, like and share it with your friends. The hike stays pretty flat the entire way, with only a few brief climbs and a total elevation gain of around 1800’ (based on my RunKeeper stats). Ventura County, California. ft. single-family home is a 0 bed, 2.0 bath property. Place where underground water flows naturally to the surface of the Earth. Take the connecting trail to the right and cross the creek one more time where you will find another trail that will take you around the east edge of the creek. A permit is needed for campfires and stoves. Camping in or near the dry creek bed sounds appealing, but wiser campers know that’s the best way to get caught in a flash flood. I use and highly recommend the Sawyer Mini water filter (https://sawyer.com/products/sawyer-mini-filter/). Look for a connecting trail that heads off to the right just before the campground. General Description: Spring water is piped to a cattle trough high up in a small desert valley. The maximum altitude that you can reach in this hike is 2903 feet or 885 meters. [1] This natural hot spring has been augmented by a man made collection basin. The hike to Willet Hot Springs begins at the Piedra Blanca trailhead in Ojai, Ca. Follow the hot tub trail up the hill until it plateaus. From the campsite, set off into the forest and navigate your way up the hill, following the spring until you reach the “just-hot-enough” awesomeness of Willet Hot Springs’ hot tub. Sespe: Willett Hot Springs Los Padres National Forest. Bring a swimsuit for swimming and hot tubbing. 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. Willett Hot Springs Spring. Hot Springs, NC, is where Leo Willett had lived. Sespe River Trail continues along the edge of the creek all the way to Willet Camp where, with a little diligence and effort, you will find the warm waters of the Willet Springs hot tub. The light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of two hot springs, Willett and Sespe, the latter of which is furthest and thus the most secluded. Check the trail map at the end of this article for details on how to find Bear Campground. Willett Hot Springs Lebec CA 93243. This home was built in 2005 and last sold on 12/12/2018 for $415,000. Reviews on Hot Springs in Ojai, CA 93023 - Willett Hot Springs, The Lavender Inn, Wheeler Gorge Campground, Ojai Valley Inn, Ecotopia, Ojai Retreat & Inn, Casa Ojai Inn, Acacia Mansion, Chantico Inn & Suites, Lifestyle Outdoor Willett Hot Springs is a 10 hours (31.9 km or 19.8 miles) round trip hike with an elevation gain of 2522 feet or 769 meters. We took a break at Bear Camp (4.3 miles in), made it past several creek crossings and reached Willett in about 4 hours. There is a T-junction soon after crossing the creek where you want to go right. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. At Bear Canyon Campground you will cross to the other side of the creek. California buckwheat dots the trail and hillsides with reddish-brown and white blooms, while wild desert flowers and dense chaparral contrast against the backdrop of manzanita and yucca trees. Just be ready for it not to be dead easy either. You’ll know you’re near Willet Camp when the trail descends down into a valley with densely forested hills surrounding you on all sides. Follow the trail for a couple hundred yards around to the east until you spot another connecting trail to the left leading to the creek. It also had a rock-based fire ring, which we were unfortunately unable to use due to fire restrictions in place at the time of our visit. It’s also a nice spot to stop for lunch or a snack while relaxing by the pool. John Muir Trail Day 4 – Tuolomne Meadows over Donahue Pass. It follows the Sespe Creek almost the entire way. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 387 Willett Dr , Hot Springs, NC 28743-7346 is currently not for sale. These hot springs are frequented by day hikers, and are often overcrowded and grimy due to the algae that grows in the man-made collection basin. It was already pretty warm on the trail and it wasn’t even noon yet. The hot springs are accessible on foot or by horseback only. We spent about an hour and a half wandering around in the rain before we were able to find a good spot to cross, in part because we weren’t actually sure we needed to. Backcountry camping in Sespe Wilderness is free and easy, and there is plenty of it along Sespe Creek between the Piedra Blanca trailhead and Willett Hot Springs. The trail to the right leads to the cabin, while the trail to the left leads to Willet Hot Springs and the refreshing Willet Hot Springs hot tub experience. 2851 ft. (869 m.) Topographic Map. The trail is largely exposed, so use caution if hiking when it’s hot. From the creek, the trail leads up towards a small rustic cabin nestled in among the trees at the bottom of the steep cliffs. Otherwise, there are numerous sites along the Sespe River, many of which feature fire rings. It was surprising to see that in this extreme drought but it's there! Related terms: seep Water. We make a loop around the cabins and chat shortly with the two guys staying in the one considered good. For those who make it all the way to the springs, there is a campsite just fifty feet from the primitive pool. Along the creek cattails, willows, cottonwood and sycamore trees grow in abundance. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Willet Hot Springs: Hiking and Camping in Los Padres National Forest, Sespe River Trail map and water source locations. The sweet smell of sage is everywhere. Other names that Leo had previously used included Leo Caney Willett and Leo C Willett. 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