Dough Flat Trailhead - Alder Creek Trail


Area Status: Open

Updated 11/1/2023 - The Dough Flat Trailhead/Alder Creek trail is open. The Dough Flat Rd is open all the way up to the Dough Flat TH.

General information: There is access to the Dough Flat Trailhead during the spring, summer and fall and is within the winter seasonal closure between approx. December 15th – April 30th. When Dough Flat Road is dry, you can drive a 2WD vehicle on the road. During wet weather, 4WD is strongly advised. The road is a combination of dirt, gravel and pavement. The Dough Flat gate is locked from approx. December 15 - April 30. This closure adds 2 1/2 miles of additional hiking from where you park at the gate to the trailhead.

Alder Creek Trail (20W11)

Difficulty: moderate from trailhead to Cow Spring Camp; difficult to Shady Camp turnoff

From the Dough Flat Trailhead, you will enter the Sespe Wilderness within ¼ mile.  Hike 2.5 miles north to the Bucksnort Trail Junction.   Continue west one mile to reach Cow Spring Camp.  Continue 3.2 miles down to Alder Creek Camp.  The trail below Dripping Springs becomes narrow and sections of the tread have been destroyed from winter flooding.  There are two campsites separated by the creek crossing.  Continue west along the creek .8 miles to reach the junction with Sespe River Trail (20W13).  Water is usually only available here during winter and spring.

Length: 7.5 miles

SESPE WILDERNESS - More information on the Sespe Wilderness: www.wilderness.net

Maps: Tom Harrison - Sespe Wilderness Map or 7.5 minute USGS topographic maps (Devils Heart Peak)

Take Highway 126 to Fillmore.  Turn north on A Street/Goodenough Road and drive 14.1 miles to Dough Flat Trailhead. This is a narrow, rough road that is traveled by large oil trucks.  Be very cautious en route to trailhead. Follow the road, being careful to stay on the main road, the side roads will take you to oil well pads. The Dough Flat parking area is adjacent to the public access corridor of the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Dough Flat Rd is open to a locked gate three miles down from the trailhead. Park near the gate
Reservations: Trail use and trail camps are on a first-come, first-serve basis, no reservations.
Area Amenities: Toilets, Parking
Fees: Adventure Pass is not required for parking at the Dough Flat Trailhead. No fee to park. 
Permit Info: Campfire permits are required.  Check for current fire restrictions.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring/Winter/Fall
Busiest Season: Spring
Closest Towns: Fillmore, California
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet
Information Center: Ojai Ranger District (805) 646-4348

General Information

Directions:

Take Highway 126 to Fillmore.  Turn north on A Street/Goodenough Road and drive 14.1 miles to Dough Flat Trailhead. This is a narrow, rough road that is traveled by large oil trucks.  Be very cautious en route to trailhead. Follow the road, being careful to stay on the main road, the side roads will take you to oil well pads. The Dough Flat parking area is adjacent to the public access corridor of the Sespe Condor Sanctuary


General Notes:

Leave No Trace Backpacking Principles: http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles


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Amenities

Parking: Yes
Toilets: Vault Toilet

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.5223

  Longitude : 
-118.8955