Agua Caliente Road

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain1,005ft
Trailhead Elevation1,612ft
Elevation Min/Max1612/2036ft
Elevation Start/End1612/1612ft

Agua Caliente Road

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."

"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."

"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."

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Park right at the springs and follow the creek up through the canyon. Don't miss the more "natural" of the two pools here on the far side of the creek about 150 feet past the trailhead. Built into the hillside and can be easy to miss. Not as hot as the concrete pool below. Trail is shady with easy elevation gains and goes by the moss dripping dam. Neat place. Views up top are nice, but its the soak at the springs that gets ya! Well worth the E-ticket drive in.

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Los Padres National Forest
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USGS: Hildreth Peak; Conant’s Matilija & Dick Smith Wilderness
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Sep 2018