20W14 - Sespe River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sespe River Trail (20W13)



Length: 17. 5 miles to Shady Camp

Difficulty: moderate


From Highway 33, travel east on Rose Valley Road to Piedra Blanca Trailhead.    After crossing Lion Creek and Sespe Creek, turn right at the junction and head downstream.   Bear Creek Camp, 4.3 miles from trailhead, is a wonderful camp located on a large sandbar with a swimming and shade from cottonwood trees.  Kerr Springs, first year-round water source, is located .8 miles further, on the south side of the river.  Continuing towards Hot Springs Canyon, there are several more camps: Oak Flat (7.4 miles from trailhead), Willett (9.8 miles), Hartman (10.9 miles), Coltrell (14 miles) and Shady (17.5 miles).   Sespe Hot Springs is located on the Trail #21 and 2 miles north of Coltrell.   The entire length of the trail has ten crossings of the Sespe River.  Use caution when travelling during the wet season due to the potential of flash flooding.  Since this trail is in the wilderness, only hikers and equestrians are permitted.

An Adventure Pass is needed to park at the Piedra Blanca Trailhead or you can display an Interagency Senior, Access or Annual Pass in lieu of an Adventure Pass. 

At a Glance

Fees Adventure Passes are required to park at the Piedra Blanca Trailhead for day use or overnight if you are backpacking and leaving your vehicle parked. Or you can display an Interagency Annual, Senior or Accesss Pass in lieu of an Adventure Pass.  The Rose Valley, Middle Lion, Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak Campgrounds are now under concession management (The Parks Management Company and are $20/night). Adventure Passes or Interagency Passes will not be accepted at these campground.  For more information, contact the Ojai Ranger Station at 805-646-4348 X 0.



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