It was surprising to see that in this extreme drought but it's there! It's an easy 20-30 minute hike from the parking lot if you know where you're going so I would recommend this place to people looking for an introduction to backpacking. The Matilija Springs is located along the Matilija River in the Los Padres National Forest. Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability.  Shady enough to stay cool in the summer. Camp had an abundance of wood in its various desirable forms to have a nice fire. Reply. See more ideas about hot springs, california, california travel. We passed this camp on the way out, hiking downhill from the north. Perfect for families and tent camping, each site contains a table, bbq, and fire ring. Boys spent Sunday lunch at lower Matilija. Website: OjaiHotSprings. Trail was in pretty good condition even after the heavy rain the day prior. No water on the way in, but there is still running water at the camp at the base of the first hot spring. Hiking & Camping. (see attached photos), Would make for a good small backpacking trip. The new owner has never opened the hot springs and swimming pool to the public. We backpacked to Middle Matilija camp and I counted a total of 10 creek crossings from the trailhead to camp. Wheeler Gorge Campground contains numerous sites adjacent to a picturesque stream and rocky mountains. There are many hiking trails to choose from. And the hot springs you’e referring to is Matilija Hot Springs!!!!! Matilija Canyon, with its year-round creek, hot springs, lake and hiking trails, feels days away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California life. Spent second night of our trek at Middle Matilija. Ojai is also home to two ancient natural hot springs. As of this writing there are 4 different locations one can stay all in the general vicinity. The creek is flowing and some of the pools near camp are 4-5 feet deep. Half of the 67 family campsites are first-come, first-served. Take the Ojai RV rental by owner less than 20 miles west to enjoy the coastal California breezes of Mondo’s Beach. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/north-fork-matilija-trail-23w07 Water crossings were more challenging than they have been the in the past few years. Half of the 67 family campsites are first-come, first-served. Personalized and Guided Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing or Tennis Adventure. The hosts are incredibly kind and helpful, the property beautiful, and the hot springs are, well, hot! A much nicer site is just a short walk downstream with big fire ring and spacious area.Â. First solo trip and first time camping in Los Padres. Encountered some ticks in the area so check yourself if going through bushes. There are many hiking trails to choose from. Creek had water throughout the hike. Cold, breezy, sunny - windbreaker and keep moving weather. The campsite is in good condition, and there is enough space for 4 or 5 two person tents. In half a mile there will be a light creek crossing, followed by a crossing of the larger Matilija Creek. The hot springs are located in the bushy green area marked by the arrow. Day #523 & 524 * Hike #601 & 602 * New Track #526 & 527. Head 8 miles north, and you land at Wheeler Gorge Campground. BYO drinking water and firewood. Large campground with nearby creek. Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. The hot springs are located in … Water was flowing great. Not enough for swimming/soaking.  There was litter strewn about everywhere: broken glass, aluminum cans, plastic wrappers, and even empty Primus Power Gas canisters. Sunny and partly cloudy at times. ... My New Map of the Dick Smith and Matilija Wilderness. Wheeler Gorge Campground contains numerous sites adjacent to a picturesque stream and rocky mountains. Trail was a little grown over at times and with poison oak creep in sections, but in great condition for the most part. ... All reviews hot springs tangerine optional clothing creek property photos. Stayed at the first campsite when approaching the campground from south since it looked a little more tidy and there were a lot of ants around the other fire pit. The trail gets noticably worse above this camp. There was a fair amount of red angry poison oak along the edges of the trail and dispersed through the camps so you definitely had to watch your footing. It was low enough to step over rocks and not get wet. Trail washed out upstream.  Still some shade from remaining oaks and flat spots for sleeping. Reply. Get updates on conditions, surveys and more... Los Padres Forest Association - 10-28-2014, Los Padres Forest Association - 11-09-2014, Los Padres Forest Association - 02-16-2019. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 6 … In the Matilija Wilderness you hike mainly into the eponymous canyon, including the lovely North Fork Matilija camping area enjoying alders, sycamores, and maples. Hot Spring Tips: Agua Caliente Springs Park is a regional camping park owned by San Diego County Parks and Recreation.. Agua is nestled in the vast Anza Borrego Desert State Park with 910 acres. Middle Matilija Campsite is a camp in Ventura County. For further details please see the link below: Trail to the camp was in good shape, crossings treacherous. water was moving along and with enough volume to make some crossings challenging. The nearby Matilija Hot Springs, first discovered in 1873, became a public resort in 1877 and passed through many owners before being closed in 1988. Some areas with poison oak but as long as you wear long pants you'll be fine. Check out Middle Matilija, Upper Matilija, and Maple camps. The next camp up, at elevation 2026, also has flowing water. The resort operated throughout the 1900s, but closed in 1997. Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. Check out Middle Matilija, Upper Matilija, and Maple camps. One popular destination is the hot springs about 16 miles from Lion Camp (this campground is presently closed). Lots of shade along the trail.Â, 70s during the day, high 30s to low 40s at night, good clean water at the camp. No water on the way in, but there is still running water at the camp at the base of the first hot spring. Matilija Canyon, with its year-round creek, hot springs, lake and hiking trails, feels days away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California life. The hike to the camp is very easy and is relatively flat.  This camp is just a short hike so it is fairly over used.  It was dusty when I visited.  Good shade. There's a few more hot springs down under the water it's holding in, so there will be more hot springs once it really does go. The resort features a first class dining room, hot sulfur baths, medicinal waters, no fog and no winds. Karl says: September 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm Newsflash: I have updated the map for the Matilija Hot Springs and it should now be accurate. cloudy, lows around 50, highs in mid/low 60s. The trail gets noticably worse above this camp.  Camp is in good shape, but unfortunately someone trashed the lower site. A bit murky so you may want to bring your blackflow tool if you have a Sawyer Mini, 1st time hiking this trail. And there's 3 giant oaks here that must date back to, I don't know, way back! Experienced strong gusts around 3 am, but tempature never got lower than 48 degrees. Matilija Creek was known for its steelhead fishery until the building of Matilija Dam in 1948 closed off the upper section of the creek, within today's wilderness area, to fish migration. The new owner has never opened the hot springs and swimming pool to the public. Middle Matilija Campsite is situated north of Matilija Hot Springs. it was easy to fill water and the quality was very good. 23W07 is in fine condition until just before reaching the newer lower Campsite.Â, Nice day hike destination. Solid 9.5 mile hike. Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability. Camp was generally clean apart from a little trash in the fire pits. The pools were all clean, clear and deep. The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5. 2566 Matilija Canyon Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-9508. If you want solitude, stick  to Upper or Maple. The Sespe Wilderness is predominately located in the Ojai and the Mt. Drive another 5 miles to the parking area. Feb 10, 2021 - Explore David Fichter's board "Hot Spring, California", followed by 184 people on Pinterest. Plenty of water. Creek was in good flow ankle to knee deep and clear. Best nearby. Middle Matilija is a popular camp located up the Matilija Canyon Trail. Day was brisk. Great water. Short and easy hike from the parking spot just before walking through a gated ranch.Â, plenty of water flow, some parts deep enough to take a dip. Camp's in great shape though the steep drop into camp from the north is gullied from recent storms. The Sespe Wilderness is mainly a chaparral covered environment with rock cliffs in various sites. Great home base to explore Matilija Creek, the town of Ojai, or the surrounding Wilderness Areas. Temps in the low 40s at night. Water crossing above and below Matilija were flowing fast and furious. The hot spring pools are for day use only. Clear, cool water in creek. The camp has multiple sites, each with a raised BBQ grill and is just above the very reliable Matilija Creek. The resort/swimming pool is downstream from the Matilija Lake dam. 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