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BackpackingMuddyNo shadeOver grown

Gorgeous backpacking trip with out of this world views! I did this in 1n2d and I highly recommend not doing that. I logged 34 miles round trip and was hobbling to the car the last 3 miles hahaha. Getting there took me 6.5 hours but getting back took me 8. Muddy in some parts and it can be difficult to find the trail at river crossings so please use a GPS like Gaia. Felt really safe doing this as a solo female backpacker, there are people on the trail but they usually stop at/before Willett.

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Cameron Everhart reviewed Sespe River Trail To Sespe Hot Springs
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HikingGreat!No shadeOver grown

This is a no joke trail. At 17 miles ONE WAY, do not expect to do this in one day unless you are pretty physically fit or don't want to feel your legs for a couple of days. My buddy and I expected to do this hike in 3 days/2 nights, camping at willet and finishing day 2 at sespe mid-day to spend the rest of the day relaxing there, then hiking back all day 3. Instead, we decided that since we were feeling good on the first day, we might as well try to make it all the way to sespe camp. Since we left the parking lot at 2:30pm, we expected to be in the dark. This was fine except the only part that was dark was willet to sespe which is when you need the light haha. Willett to Sespe is vastly underwalked compared to parking lot to Willett. Many people stop at Willett (which i don't understand why, sespe hot springs are unlike anything in the world). ALso, this night was terrifyingly windy and cold so if you're by yourself, be careful and stay confident and don't get scared. We awoke to hard rain but decided to knock out the sespe hot springs in the morning so we could try to get back to the parking lot by night time, making this trip a 2 day/1 night hike. I only advise this if you know you can do it and are fit, but we are slightly fit so could do it but I'm regretting this decision sitting on the couch unable to move :) The sespe hot springs is probably the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life. Literally a flowing river of hot water. Obviously as you get closer to the source it gets untouchable, but as you move further down you can find your own personal temperature liking. We really liked the very beginning pool as soon as you enter the "canyon" (where the canyon walls turn blackish). I really hope you do this hike at least once in your life time. You owe it to yourself. I think next time I'll try to get to Sespe using Johnston Ridge Trail. Park Rangers said this one was easier and mroe manageable

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 31, 2020
BackpackingOver grown

Trail is so beautiful! What a shame it's very very unmaintained. Started from Reyes Creek Campground, hiked to BearTrap Camp where I stayed the first night. Chose this due to little or no water on trail (So I was told). BearTrap is always beautiful! Day 2 took me from BearTrap to Haddock Campground. Just passed BearTrap no. 2, the brush and overgrowth got very dense, with just about 1 mile of thick poison oak. Trail finding and bushwacking all the way to the valley wall where there is a nice uphill to the top of the ridge. From there, more trail finding and some more bushwacking to Haddock Campground. Haddock Campground was a nice, but very little maintained campsite. 1 hunter showed up, just before sundown, so I was not alone for night 2. Day 3 was the final push to Piedra Blanca. Immediate bushwacking once again. No trail markers and dense overgrowth aided me in getting lost about 3 to 4 times, which led to backtracking and trail finding. Stumbled across Three Mile Camp (not marked), which was a pleasant surprise. More bushwacking and trail finding most of the way down to Pine Mountain Lodge Campground. Plenty of Bear scat and paw prints, also plenty of mountain lion scat. Final push to Piedra Blanca shown a clearer path, just very overgrown. Lots of slippery spots and washed out trails. Plenty of poison oak at every water crossing and scattered here and there. Lots of water here and there from Pine Mountain Lodge to Piedra Blanca even this late in the season. At the end, my legs looked like someone took a cheese grater do them, and I was pretty beat up physically. This trail is extremely beautiful, even reminding me of parts of the southern Sierra's on the way down from Haddock. Midway down, the terrain changes again to So Cal hillsides. Behind Piedra Blanca, we se the California desert terrain. Such a diverse trail, with so much to see and offer. It's so heartbreaking there has been no trail maintenance in, what seems like, years. I would recommend it to anyone, anytime, as long as the trail is cleared, marked properly, and the mountainsides that were washed out are made safe again.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 31, 2020
BackpackingOver grown

Started from Piedras Blancas Trailhead, there is water throughout the trail, sometimes flowing, sometimes a bit more still, but it is there and pretty clear. The trail starts to get quite overgrown after twin forks with lots of poison oak near water. The trail definitely needs some love and matinence. Beautiful, but though and overgrown.

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Frank Spada reviewed Thorn Point
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Rebecca Birchfield reviewed Sespe River Trail To Sespe Hot Springs
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HikingIcySnow

did this January 3rd where it apparently snowed the night before. the trail crosses the creek about 50 times so, if it's hot out, this is fantastic; if it's cold out, well you're SOL because it's freezing. the views are incredible and the trail incredibly maintained. I didn't see ONE person on the entire hike so clearly this is a spring/summer/fall kind of trail. of you haven't done this though, you NEED to.

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HikingNo shade

Beautiful easy/moderate trail from the Piedra Blanca trailhead with a couple creek crossings. I went a bit late in the day (and it was 100ºF), so I kept my trip short. Went about 1.5m in, enjoyed the Piedra Blanca (large white rocks) and turned around. The trail was very well marked until my turnaround point. Once hiking over the rocks, it became a little more difficult to suss out exactly where it was, and I didn't want to risk getting lost in that heat. Absolutely beautiful though, would love to explore further another time.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 22, 2020
Hiking

A beautiful trail, some easy creek crossings, a little overgrown here and there until the 6 mile mark where it is impossible to proceed overgrown. It’s still a nice 12 mile round trip!

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HikingBugs

Pretty flat for the most part but it’s a long hike. I took my 2 physically active boys, age 11 and 13, they did pretty well for about 4 miles in until we got to the water hole. Took a swim as the boys were pretty hot (it was 85 degrees) and we hiked back. Small creek at the beginning attracts a lot of bugs so bring bug spray. I do not recommend bringing younger kids under age 10, it gets pretty hot. Definitely a favorite.

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BackpackingBugsOff trailOver grownRocky

Left Friday AM at 8AM from Piedra Blanca very few cars in at the trailhead. Charged thru to willet, ate lunch, but left due to very little flowing water. Plus side was all the river crossings were doable without getting your feet wet. Hot as the dickens, was low 90s by mid morn. Made it to Sespe hot springs at 3pm; 17.1 miles! The hardest portion being between Willet and Sespe with the last 2 canyons having large elevations gains in the heat. If you have shorts, switch to pants or leggings; overgrown trail with pokey chaparral shreds your legs something fierce. There is water along the way and I recommend stopping to hydrate often (bring liquid iv or electrolyte replacement tabs to avoid headaches) BUT Worth it to get to the spring 1000%! Previous reviews talked about sites below that had a smaller pools set up where the water was warm.. but at Sespe there were no bugs, multiple pools ranging from 110 to 180 degrees and nobody there! The two palm trees camp in the middle was epic. A true Desert oasis and the springs rejuvenated our feet and backs.. 100% by am and did one more soak w the comet overhead before we left. Oh! Saw a massive rattlesnake at the 2 palm tree camp right before we took off, sluggish in the cool of morn.. seemed like he called that place home and we were guests at his oasis..so be aware if camping at the 2 palms. Day two Hiked back 9 miles to oak flat and bushwhacked out to a nice creek side camp under an oak.. beautiful, but plenty of bugs, w temps pushing high 90s. Spent time in the cool creek pools amongst the boulders and cattails. On the way to oak flat met a guy that was trail running the sespe hot springs route in and back in one day! Hope he made it. “Don’t be ashamed if you don’t make it, Its only a longer than a marathon.” Haha. Packed up day three and made the 8.5 trek back out. Sespe is a real treat.. any less water and it would be impossible, but water is good as of now. Its hot but doable with proper hydration, conditioning, and planning. Ps Hope those kids hiked those beer bottles out from bear creek.

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Sebastien Elliott reviewed Thorn Point
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Closed

The road to get here is rough in some parts, and a small stream goes through the last bit of it. I couldn't get my non off road vehicle past it. From the stream to the beginning of this trail is 1.5 miles, I was planning to just walk it but someone coming back from the campground over there told me it was closed.

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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown
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HikingBugsGreat!No shadeRocky

I would give this hike more stars but it's so hot and unforgiving without shade the whole way. It was around 80 degrees + when we went. We hiked about 3 miles in before turning back. The last time we went the creek crossings had dried up so it was pretty miserable until you get to water. Lots of bugs so be prepared.

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