Sespe Hot Springs via Alder Creek Trail
4 reviews Sespe Wilderness #212 hike out of 473 in
5 hrs 51 min
This is a difficult one way trail to Sespe Hot Springs in Sespe Wilderness.
This trail goes by Dough Flat Trailhead.
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Add 2.5 miles or so to the hike because the access road may be closed getting to the trailhead. This hike is very difficult. I had to turn back about 6 miles in, as there was a very long narrow ledge with a steep drop I didn’t think my pup and I would be able to make. Just wasn’t worth the risk to me. It rained often and was chilly in March when I went through in the upper 40’s 😭. I’ll be back and will take the other trail in instead.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Alder Creek trail to Sespe Hot Springs
turn north on A Street/Goodenough Road to Squaw Flat Road toward the Sespe Oil Fields. This is a narrow rough road traveled by large oil trucks so be very cautious as you continue to the parking area at Dough Flat. At the trailhead you enter the Sespe Wilderness. Hike north 2.5 miles to the first trail junction, and then turn left toward Alder Creek. Cow Springs is the first camp along the way. In the summer months, water is normally very low and there is not much shade so it can be very hot. The next trail junction is 2.7 miles. If you stay to the left, the trail will go to Alder Creek and you’ll reach Alder Camp after 0.6 miles. If there is no water there, continue downstream until the trail leaves the drainage bottom, approximately one mile from Alder Camp. Follow the stream for 150 yards and you’ll reach Shady Camp, which normally has water year-round. From the Shady Camp turnoff, it is 5.2 miles to the Sespe Hot Springs.