Sespe Hot Springs
Situated in the Los Padres Forest, Sespe Hot Springs is quite the adventure to get to as it sits along Sespe Creek, hidden within the beautiful wilderness of California. Plan on spending a full day with hiking to this primitive area, soaking in the natural mineral waters, and trekking back out. However, it’s well worth the adventure and will give you stories to tell your friends and family for a lifetime.
At a blistering 130 degrees, the bubbling waters from the geothermal water source flow into the creek cooling down along the way. There are a few pools made by rock walls along the creek, with temperatures averaging around 105 degrees. Of course this can change depending on the season and how much water is flowing in from the creek. As long as you ok with continuing hiking around the area, you can find the perfect spot to relax and unwind in the tranquility of Los Padres Forest.
Directions to Sespe Hot Springs
If you don’t want to hike to a hot springs, then this place isn’t ideal for you. The shortest trek to get to Sespe is 7.5 miles one way. This can deter many people who rather soak at a resort or park at the springs itself, making it even more secluded for those who are willing to make the adventure. It’s a beautiful hiking trail and many scenic stops along the way. There are three main trails you can take to get to Sespe Hot Springs.
- The first trail called Sespe River Trail is the longest at 16.8 miles and winds it’s way through Los Padres Forest and is considered a moderately difficult hike.
- The second trail called Johnson Ridge Trail is the second option at 9.5 miles one way. This is also the most difficult hike.
- The third trail called Alder Creek Trail is the shortest of all three at 7.5 miles and is also a moderately difficult hike.
Whichever trail you choose, you will be embarking on a beautiful tour through some of California’s best wilderness. Happy Soaking!