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Big Caliente Spring Trail [CLOSED]

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Los Padres National Forest

Big Caliente Spring Trail [CLOSED] is a 21.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Summerland, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 21.4 km Elevation Gain: 438 m Route Type: Out & Back



mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

hot springs



no dogs

As of June 10, 2019, this trail is temporarily Closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

Thu Jul 26 2018

At this point its a 3 day mountain biking adventure, starting all the way from the dead end of east Camino Cielo, it's easily about 30 miles now. If you plan on doing it. Please bring water! LOTS OF WATER. If you plan on going walking or biking be very cautious of not breaking or twisting any ankles. If you get stuck out there. You probably won't make it out alive. There is a ranger Outpost about six hours in. Don't expect it to be a walk in the park. You will cry, yell into the silence, bleed, and plead to god that a cloud comes around to offer shade. This back country. The wild...

Thu Feb 01 2018


Mon Feb 27 2017

Creek was flowing well at all the road crossings. Got to tub after 9 mile hike from Camino Cielo, no hot water flowing!

scenic driving
Wed Feb 04 2015

Amazing views with plenty of twists and turns to keep the drive interesting! Must see if your vacationing around the Santa Barbara area. Mountain views go on forever and be sure to take a camera.

Sat Sep 20 2014

I had a great time driving this trail. 2 miles into the trail I visited the Painted Cave site. It is protected by a metal gate but you can fit you camera between the bars. The trail then followed a paved road that followed the tops of the mountains above Santa Barbara. The highest point was about 3,500 ft. The views on both sides of the mountains was outstanding. The paved road ends about 3/4 of the way and turns into a dirt road. The road descends into the bottom of the valley. The road was rough at times but easily navigated. I would not recommend taking a passenger car on the dirt road.I arrived at the hot springs where the road ended. The hot springs area was quite a contrast from the foggy coastal side of the mountains. There was lots of sunshine, nice breeze and comfortable temperatures. There were other folks there enjoying the spring.