Agua Caliente Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 1,612 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,005 feet. The Caliente Hot Spring viewpoint and the Rock Camp Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms, a water tank, and parking along the trail.
Agua Caliente Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Since this ride is so short, you can use it as a reward for a day's riding elsewhere in the canyon. This easy road is in good condition as it follows a stream among oak and sycamore trees. Be alert-the road is open to motor vehicles."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"Agua Caliente, meaning "hot water," is home to Big Caliente Hot Springs, a bathing pool near the trailhead that is perfect for soaking after the hike. The hike up Agua Caliente Canyon follows the creek along an old pack trail past Big Caliente Debris Dam. At the dam is an overlook of its 70-foot tall spillway."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
"This 5-mile round-trip travels up Agua Caliente Canyon past hot springs, a Depression-era debris dam, and a swimming hole to Upper Caliente campsite. This route can be brutally hot in the summer."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
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