Area Status: Temporarily Closed
Sespe River Trail (20W13)
Length: 17. 5 miles to Shady Camp
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.
At a Glance
||March 4, 2014 - State Route 33 will remain closed for at least the next two weeks for public safety, due to an unstable rock slide. The slide is just north of the Sespe Gorge area, and will be rock scaled to remove all the loose boulders that has the potential of falling onto the traffic lanes. In addition, there will be ongoing work to remove small slides and debris within the entire closure area.
The closure parameters will still be Wheeler Gorge Campground on the south end, and Lockwood Valley Rd. on the north end.
Adventure Passes are required to park at the Piedra Blanca Trailhead or to recreate in the Rose Valley Recreation Area.